I am listing the places that I hold in awe as being the best places to
be at if you want to improve your Perl skills.
|| Vancouver, BC, CANADA
|| Ever hear of Data::Dumper by Gurusamy Sarathy? How about Inline by Brian Ingerson? Well guess what. *Both* of these cats work at ActiveState. Talk about a nosebleed company.
Oh. Forgive me. I almost forgot Gisle Aas, author of
LWP and original author of HTML::TreeBuilder and developer of perl-lisp works there too.
Canon Research Centre
(link down at moment)
||They won a Perl wizards contest long ago.
, author of widely acclaimed
Template Toolkit works here.
Neil Bowers works here. He developed cpan-upload, which puts
on CPAN via the command line via Net::FTP and LWP
among other highly useful things.
|Morgan Stanley Dean Witter
||Mainly New York City
||This place has a massive investment in Perl. They have weekly tech
talks that often focus on Perl. Every time I put out my resume in New
York, I had an interview with a different group there that was developing
90-100% of their code in Perl. They were going to buy Damian outright,
but their offer was rejected by Yet
Another Society for some reason.This interest in Perl, coupled
their stability, excellent pay structure and benefits package as well as
huge fault-tolerant Perl infrastrcture built upon years of experience
as a major Wall Street firm makes them a viable place to work. That
being said, their corporate structure sometimes makes using CPAN an
issue. And most groups won't be using DBI but rather use
Sybase's sybperl instead.
||New York City
||Well, M. Simon Cavaletto, developer of
Data::DRef and Class::MakeMethods is here. They were
one of the first people to develop in-line HTML templating via
||New York and abroad
||japhy is here. Other people have interviewed there and reported
||They are responsible for doubling the speed of Template
Toolkit. They are a very major open source Perl shop, serving hundreds
of thousands of hits via mod_perl during the week and probably 10 to
100 times that on the weekend. Even the recruiters there seem to be
good programmers. They are also employing Stas Bekman to do basic
on mod_perl which will improve their applied development on their
And of course you have your one-man shops like
Codewerk, Stonehenge Consulting and Magnum Solutions