In an effort to improve transparency, we have recently released a finance report for The Perl Conference in Alexandria. One of the major expenses in this report was for hotel attrition. In this news article, I will explain what hotel attrition is and what TPF is doing to respond to it.

In the early days of "YAPC" the conference was held on college campuses in North America. Typically a number of dorm rooms would be reserved and made available to attendees at a very low cost. As we all got older, dorm rooms became less attractive and attendees began asking for nicer accommodations. At first, dorm rooms were supplemented with a hotel option. Over time, the hotel room became the only option offered.

The inchstones are falling like 1F030—1F09F as Samantha makes further progress on her grant to improve the robustness of Unicode support in Rakudo.

In her complete blog post, she describes:

  • Implementation of a fully working Unicode Collation Algorithm with only 82 of 190,377 tests failing

  • 100% of Emoji 4.0 emoji are treated as a single grapheme, enabling MoarVM to advertise full Unicode 9.0/Emoji 4.0 text segmentation support.

  • A number of other improvements and fixes, including significant concatenation improvements and technical performance improvements.


May 2017 Grant Votes; Part 2

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Let me start out by apologizing for the delay in this posting, it's highly overdue; the question of whether or not funding was available turned out to be slightly more complicated than anyone anticipated....

Grant Proposal: Complete YAML::PP


The Grants Committee has received the following grant proposal for the July/August round. Before the Committee members vote, we would like to solicit feedback from the Perl community on the proposal.

Review the proposal below and please comment here by August 14th, 2017. The Committee members will start the voting process following that and the conclusion will be announced approximately one week after public comments.

Complete YAML::PP


Tina Müller

This is a monthly report by Tony Cook on his grant under Perl 5 Core Maintenance Fund. We thank the TPF sponsors to make this grant possible.

After an amazing 17 years of serving The Perl Foundation in various roles, Kurt DeMaagd has stepped down from his board position. Kurt was one of the original founders of TPF in addition to being a founder of As the original treasurer, Kurt set up all of the initial financial components of TPF, then known as Yet Another Society, and we have since distributed over $1 million in grant money. Kurt served as treasurer, also assisting with early YAPC events, until from the creation of TPF in 2000 until 2010.

In addition to creating TPF as a charitable organization, one of the early motivations for setting up TPF was to secure insurance for Yet Another Perl Conference (YAPC). TPF continues to provide this coverage and these initial efforts have enabled hundreds of Perl-related events over the last 17 years.

We extend our sincerest thanks to Kurt for getting everything started in September 2000 and for his service over all of these years.

Dave Mitchell recently requested an extension of his Maintaining Perl 5 grant.

I'm pleased to announce that the Board of Directors approved extension of another $20,000. It'll allow him to dedicate another 333 hours to this work.

I would like to thank the community members who took time to comment on this grant extension request and our sponsors who made funding the grant possible through our Perl 5 Core Maintenance Fund.

I also appreciate Dave Mitchell, who publishes regular progress report on his work.

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