The Perl Institute
The Perl Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to making
Perl more useful for everyone. We support the creators, developers,
maintainers, and users of Perl.
The corporate side of The Perl Institute was established in July,
1996, as a non-profit corporation. Larry Wall, Randal Schwartz, Tom
Christiansen, Jon Orwant, and Tim O'Reilly are on the board of
directors. Chip Salzenberg is the Executive Director, and is in charge
of its day-to-day operations.
Membership in The Perl Institute has many levels. However, the
Institute does not pretend to provide benefits which would "earn" your
membership at any level. Rather, the various levels of membership
provide you with a way to support Perl that meets your means. We think
it best that each contribute according to what he has, not according
to what he does not have.
Benifits of joining the institute:
* Discounted Book Purchases
* Discounted Subscription to The Perl Journal
Corporate memberships' dues are scaled to match the resources of
corporations that have benefitted from using Perl in their
businesses. Please suggest corporate membership in the Institute to
the managers and executives who have benefitted, and continue to
benefit, from using Perl.
Corporate Membership Level Annual Dues
Corporate Sustaining Member $4096
Corporate Supporting Member $2048
Corporate Member $1024
Corporate Subscribing Member $512
O'Reilly has close ties to Perl that originate in its best-seller
books, Programming Perl (aka the Camel book), first published in 1991,
and Learning Perl (aka the Llama book), first published in
1993. However, O'Reilly's commitment to Perl goes beyond just
We recognize that the powerful volunteer effort that has brought Perl
to its current state of underground popularity is the key to its
success. Yet if it remains solely a freeware effort, Perl may be
overwhelmed by commercial languages that are well-funded and seek to
extend their own increasingly proprietary directions. Therefore,
O'Reilly intends to support Perl commercially, starting with events
like the 1997 Perl Conference and O'Reilly's hosting of www.perl.com,
the online source for the Perl language. Specifically, we want to
raise Perl's profile with the mainstream press, legitimize Perl in the
eyes of the corporate market, and encourage other companies and
individuals to create products and services based on Perl.
On a related note, Larry Wall has been working full-time for O'Reilly
since mid 1996. One of Larry's main considerations in coming on board
at O'Reilly was his belief in O'Reilly's commitment to Perl and to the
Perl freeware community.
Can freeware Perl and commercial Perl really co-exist?
The short answer is, yes. O'Reilly recognizes that Perl must continue
to have an active freeware development community, or the lifeblood
goes out of Perl. Therefore, we will support the Perl freeware
community in a number of ways, including: a professional PR program to
get more Perl news into the mainstream computer press; support of
central web sites such as www.perl.com; new insightful, affordable
books about Perl; a commitment to freeware versions of some of the
commercial software we include in new Perl products; encouragement of
other companies to create Perl-based products and services, and more.
As Tim O'Reilly said, "Almost always when freeware is pulled within a
commercial entity, barriers are built between the commercial entity
and the freeware community that cause development to wither. Not only
do we recognize this as a mistake from a commercial point of view, it
runs completely counter to our historical roots and belief
system....We believe we can create a model for how the business side
of O'Reilly can live with the freeware side, to the benefit of
both. Our past indicates we will."
Application Stories and more:
Perl Resource Kit -- UNIX Edition: $149.95
The kit includes four tutorial and reference books that contain
systematic documentation for the most important Perl extension
modules, as well as documentation for the commercially enhanced tools
on the accompanying CD. The books in the Kit are not available
elsewhere (or separately) and include: Programming with Perl Modules,
Perl Module Reference, Perl Utilities Guide. Software tools on the
Kit's CD include: A Java/Perl interface, written for the Kit by Larry
Wall, creator of Perl. A snapshot of the freeware Perl archives on CPAN.