Perl Mongers Census

Statistics about the size and activity of Perl Mongers.
Data collected from the leaders of the groups in the first week of April 2003
Top 5 in number of subscribers

  1. London
  2. Seatle
  3. Boston
  4. NY
  5. Paris

Top 5 in number of posts

  1. London
  2. Israel
  3. Paris
  4. Boston
  5. Seatle
Language Group Name No. Subscribers Average posts No. posts in March, 2003 Meetings Conferences, Workshops
English Oakland.pm 18 82 35
English Israel.pm 120 160-180 230 monthly (20 ppl) annual (first will be in May 2003)
Hungarian Hungary.pm 162 80-100 95 one in 8/2002 (16ppl)
German Frankfurt.pm 53 10 2 meetings every month (10-20ppl)
German Roderbergweg.pm 3 5 2 meetings every month (3ppl)
German German.pm 19 6 one, so far (~ 25ppl) Annual, German Perl Workshop
Italian Nordest.pm 25 50-80 70 at least every two months none, but planning
English Canberra.pm 29 3 3
Italian Roma.pm 18 20 34 each 6 months, 6 ppl none, but willing (see also Nordest.pm
French Paris.pm 234 140-150 150 monthly YAPC::EU::2003
German Niederrhein.pm 26 20 25 bi-monthly (2-8ppl)
English Victoria.pm 20 20 20
French Lyon.pm 10 10 8 monthly 4 ppl
English NY.pm 258 monthly
English Southflorida.pm 54 monthly
Danish Copenhagen.pm 70 10-20 12 monthly Scandinavian Perl Workshop 2003
English London.pm 432 700-800 750 monthly (50 ppl) YAPC::EU::2000
English Jacksonville.pm 11 rare 10
English Atlanta.pm 85 10 0 not regular
German Cologne.pm 24 42 23 monthly (7 ppl on first meeting)
English Detroit.pm 5 0 0
English WhiteMountain.pm 11 10 0 monthly
Dutch Alphen.pm 1 0 0
French Toulouse.pm 22 10-20 15 random (2-4/year, none so far this year)
English Raleigh.pm 136 9 1 monthly (3-15ppl)
English Miami.pm 30 0 0
English Boston.pm 322 160 121 monthly, 20-30 ppl for tech, 10-15 ppl for soc
Italian Bologna.pm 3 0 0
English Ottawa.pm 89 15-30 20 monthly 12-15ppl,half technical half social May 2003
Dutch Rotterdam.pm 24 25 18 monthly (8-10 ppl)
Tallahassee.pm 4 4 0 monthly
English Birmingham.pm 34 20 17 Social Meetings: Monthly (5-15ppl), Social Meetings: Monthly (5-15ppl)
English Cambridge.pm 50 20 10 monthly social
German Munich.pm 53 55 53 Technical: Monthly (8 - 12 ppl), social: bi-monthly (10 - 15 ppl) YAPC::EU::2002
English Purdue.pm 40 0.3 0 technical: 9 times per year (4--15 ppl)
English Seattle.pm 401 109 108 monthly technical (35 ppl)

And a few comments on this: We see that the biggest group is London with 432 subscribers and there are 5 groups with more than 200 subscribers. A 3 groups between 100 and 200. According to the central site of the Perl Mongers there are about 600 groups, 317 of them are active. Assuming an average of 50 subscribers for every one of the 317 groups we get 15,850 Perl Mongers world wide. (Actually I think there are a lot less really active groups.)

What is the Perl community ?

Thinking aloud, how can we define people who belong to the Perl community and those who don't. If we - Perl Mongers - would like more people to be involved in that community how can we reach the others. What do they need in order to get involved ?

So let's ask who can be considered to belong to the community?

  • Going to conference(s)/workshop(s)
  • Participating in (ir)regular monthly technical/social meetings with the local perl community
  • Subscribed to a Perl Monger mailing list
  • Regularly participating in a PM mailing list
  • Subscribed to a domain specific mailing list (e.g. the perl-xml mailing list or the beginners list)
  • )
  • Regularly participating in a domain specific mailing list
  • Regularly reading Perl Monks
  • Regularly posting on Perl Monks
  • Participating in p5p, p6p, parrot or ponie
  • Contributing to CPAN
  • Reads/Writes use.perl.org

Let's try to put in groups the people who don't belong to the above definition. This does not yet seem to be very useful

  • Writing Perl scripts or even large applications using CPAN modules
  • Writing Perl scripts, usually without any module, certainly without any CPAN module