It is our pleasure to announce that Booking.com has donated the sum of $60,000 to the Perl Foundation to aid with further development of the Perl 5 programming language. This donation is a further contribution to the Core Maintenance Fund (P5CMF) that Booking.com has consistently supported over several years. This donation is a another step in the support that Booking.com gives to TPF and the broader Perl community.
Darren Huston, Chief Executive Officer of Booking.com, said "Perl is central to the success of Booking.com." By continuing with grants, supporting Perl community events and hackathons:
"we keep up our tradition of giving back to the community. As one of the world's largest employers of Perl developers, an investment for us into a healthy and dynamic Perl community is an investment in the future of our company and innovative web development in general."
Booking.com has also recently entered into an arrangement to continuously fund some of David Mitchell's work on the Perl 5 Core. This has a specific focus towards performance improvements and evolution of the language in line with the vision of the project leader. This future-focus secures Perl's relevance as an enterprise grade language for large web applications.
"It is always a tremendous pleasure to work with Booking.com," said Karen Pauley, President of the Perl Foundation.
"With Booking.com it goes far deeper than a desire to promote our language or support our community, it is a genuine feeling that they wish to belong which is why they involve themselves so much. They are a part of the Perl family."
Since the foundation of Booking.com, in 1996, the company has built its IT infrastructure on myriad of open source projects and products. These include Linux, MySQL, Nginx, Hadoop, and Redis to complement a strong association with the Perl programming language. Because of this, Booking.com is a keen supporter of the Perl and open source communities. As Steffen Mueller, Senior Manager for Technology and Infrastructure at Booking.com, would say:
"Developers at Booking.com are encouraged to release code to Open Source projects. Booking.com has a culture of contributing to the Open Source community. Our staff are regular attendees and speakers at Perl events, but also find themselves at non-Perl conferences. We are happy to hire talented developers from a variety of backgrounds and varying skill sets and re-train them in the Booking.com culture and Perl language."
Booking.com B.V., part of the Priceline Group (Nasdaq: PCLN), owns and operates Booking.comâ„¢, the world leader in booking accommodation online. Each day, over 700,000 room nights are reserved on Booking.com. The Booking.com website and apps attract visitors from both the leisure and business sectors worldwide.
Established in 1996, Booking.com B.V. guarantees the best prices for every type of property, from small, family-run bed and breakfasts to executive apartments and five-star luxury suites. Self-catered properties are also specifically a focus of Villas.com, a sister site recently launched by Booking.com. Truly international, Booking.com is available in more than 40 languages, and offers over 537,980 properties in 207 countries.