Perl is a general purpose high level programming language that has become an ubiquitous tool in the Linux world, being present by default in most, if not all, Linux distributions and other UNIX based operating systems.
Perl Mongers is a loosely based association of Perl User Groups all over the world. The Southern California Perl Mongers, from the cities of Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, and Thousand Oaks each do their part in spreading the use of Perl through regular technical and social meetings.
Getting involved as a member of an Open Source group is usually the first step towards becoming an active contributor to an Open Source project. It also can have great benefits for the participating individuals due to the sharing of knowledge, exchange of ideas, networking, and employment opportunities.