About Us

This is the home of the Cape Town Perl Mongers group, a group of people who use the Perl programming language. Some of us use Perl in our jobs (officially or unofficially), others just like to play with the language. We have all level of members from complete novices to very experienced Perl programmers working in Perl daily and more than willing to share their expertise.

We hold regular meetups to discuss various aspects of Perl, including interesting modules, projects, recent developments and new ways to do things. We also have occasional hackathons, where people of all experiences can get together and work on various Perl projects, being able to ask for help and guidance, get new ideas and learn the language.


The Cape Town branch of the Perl Mongers has several goals. In no particular order, our goals include:

  • Hold regular meetups & hackathons for Perl programmers in the Cape Town area to share knowledge and expertise.
  • Provide help and mentoring to local Perl programmers.
  • Educate individuals and companies about the potential benefits of using the Perl language and modules for solving their problems.
  • Have fun with Perl.
  • Meet other Perl users and programmers.

Join Us

Unlike many groups, the Cape Town Perl Mongers is pretty informal. Feel free to come to meetings to meet us, learn more about Perl, and share your knowledge and experience with Perl.

Primarily we’re an online based community on the ZA Tech Slack community. To join click here.

We also have mailing lists for announcements and communication by email on Perl topics. To join, click here.

If mailing lists aren’t your thing, we also announce the meetings on the Cape Town Perl Mongers Meetup page.


If you feel like contributing, you can volunteer to give a presentation or lead a discussion. Any topic that may be of interest to Perl programmers is welcome. You don’t have to be an expert in the topic, we often have presentations just to see other views of a topic.

If you are uncomfortable with public speaking, capetown.pm is a good place to start. The group is friendly and doesn’t heckle. Several of our members have also used a technical meeting to practice a talk before presenting it elsewhere. The group has been happy to provide input and suggestions to improve if you ask for it.

Bring your curiosity, questions, problem code, or expertise to share.