June 24, 1999
White Camel Awards to be Presented at O'Reilly's Perl Conference 3.0
SEBASTOPOL, CA--The rare white camel, prized by desert-dwellers, is the
inspiration for a new award recognizing the Perl community's "unsung
heroes"--those who have devoted extraordinary creativity, energy, and
time to the non-technical work that supports Perl's active and loyal
user community. The White Camel awards will be presented to individuals
who have made outstanding contributions to Perl Advocacy, Perl User
Groups, and the Perl Community at
Conference 3.0 on
August 24, 1999. The camel has come to symbolize Perl since it first
appeared on the cover of O'Reilly & Associates' classic
Programming Perl in
a not-for-profit organization whose
mission is to establish Perl user groups, conceived of and will administer
the White Camel awards. Perl users will be able to nominate people for the
http://www.perl.com/whitecamel after July 8.
The awards are
sponsored by Perl Mongers, O'Reilly & Associates, and
a web-based marketplace for Open Source development.
"Perl's user community has had a huge role in its adoption and ongoing
development," said Madeline Schnapp, O'Reilly's Perl Product Manager.
"With a marketing budget of zero, the community has championed a
technology that has greater market share than its well-funded proprietary
competitors. We're delighted that the Perl Mongers initiated the White
Camel awards, and we're proud to sponsor them."
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