Atlanta.pm is a place for those interested in the Perl language. Meetings are an opportunity to meet others with similar interests and learn about various aspects of Perl. Meetings are free and open to everyone; for special events with limited seating, priority is given to prior attendees and members of the mailing list. There is no formal membership requirement.
Meetings usually consist of prepared talks, round-table discussions, and coding challenges. See the "Prior Meetings" page for more details.
If you would like to present at an upcoming meeting, please contact Stephen Cristol to get on the schedule. Any Perl related topic is appropriate.
The Atlanta Perl Mongers meet at 7:30 PM on the first Thursday of each month. Conflicts with holidays will be dealt with as they arise.
Meetings are usually held at Cox Enterprises' Central Park campus. This facility is conveniently located about a mile from the intersection of I-285 and GA-400.
Social meetings have been at the Cheesecake Factory at Perimeter Mall. Also, those of us that don't have to be awake at the crack of dawn usually visit the Cheesecake Factory after meetings for continued discussion and a bite or a brew.
Cox Enterprises and the Cheesecake Factory are shown on the Atlanta.pm map. Addresses, directions, and parking information follow.
Cox Enterprises Central Park campus
This is a secure facility; you will be required to show government issued identification (with a photograph) for entry. Cox security asks that we submit a list of attendees in advance. This is not mandatory, but will facilitate your admission to the building.
6205 Peachtree-Dunwoody Rd
Atlanta, GA 30328
[Venue map (PDF)]
Parking: Enter the parking garage from Peachtree-Dunwoody Road. Park in visitor parking (the guard will issue you a parking pass). Take the elevator to Level 2M to enter the building. Proceed to the Security Desk to obtain a Visitor's Badge. The meeting is in the 9th floor conference room.
Cheesecake Factory (Perimeter)
The Cheesecake Factory is located on the northeast corner of Perimeter Mall. Normally, there is ample parking near the restaurant. Near the holidays, there is still ample parking at the mall, though you may have to walk a considerable distance.
4400 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd
Atlanta, GA 30346
At the Cheesecake Factory, we place a camel (below) on our table to make it easier to spot us. Also, the host will generally be able to point you toward the table for the "Perl" or the "Camel" group.
Jason's Deli (Dunwoody)
Jason's Deli is located on the south side of Perimeter Village. There is ample parking adjacent to the building.
4705 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd
Atlanta, GA 30338
Taco Mac (Perimeter)
Taco Mac is located on the west end Perimeter Place. Parking adjacent to the building is limited, but there is a surface lot and a parking garage a short distance away. Taco Mac is open late for those meetings when things go into overtime.
1211 Ashford Crossing
Atlanta, GA 30346
Information for speakers
Talks for Atlanta Perl Mongers typically follow one of two formats: a full talk or a micro-talk. Micro-talks usually cover one point, idea, or example with minimal supporting material. They are intended to offer a morsel of information and to inspire discussion. Full talks cover almost everything else. They may cover issues that are unfamiliar to a typical Perl Monger, though such a talk should include sufficient background that members will be able to fully understand the topic.
A topic is appropriate if it is related to Perl in some way, though topics of broad interest to developers or our group specifically are also welcome. We've had talks on everything from algorithms to CPAN modules and some interesting side topics along the way. Our Past Meetings page has a nearly complete list of talks that have been presented. It may be helpful in deciding whether a particular topic is appropriate.
Talks are scheduled in 25 min increments (to a max of 100 min) and should include time for questions. In practical terms, micro-talks can range from 10-20 min of presentation with the remainder taken up by questions and/or discussion. Normal talks are 30-45 of presentation followed by questions. These are guidelines, not rules. They work pretty well for us, but can be modified to suit specific needs. If you want to schedule a talk or have questions, contact Stephen.