BBC Joins Parrot Foundation Advisory Board

The Parrot Foundation announced today that the BBC, UK-based public service broadcaster, will join the Parrot Foundation's advisory board.

The Parrot Foundation advisory board is made up of a select group of companies who can offer perspective and experience on the current and future applications of the Parrot virtual machine and related language implementations. The advisory board is a channel for its members to share in the development of the project and contribute feedback on features, languages, and tools to aid in focusing development efforts on areas of greatest impact.

Dirk-Willem van Gulik, Chief Technical Architect at the BBC, said "Like most enterprises, the BBC uses many different dynamic programming languages and environments. We're anticipating that well tested, high quality language-neutral virtual machines will play an important role in the future. The BBC is therefore excited to announce that Curtis Poe will join the Parrot Foundation's Advisory Board. Curtis is a Senior Software Engineer at the BBC. He has served in various roles with the Perl Foundation and is a well-known author of books and articles on Perl."

Jerry Gay, president of the Parrot Foundation, added, "The BBC brings valuable experience to the advisory board in high-performance, user-facing systems, rapid deployment of creative interfaces to vast data resources, and multi-language development environments. These are key areas for Parrot, so we look forward to working with them."

About the BBC

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About Parrot Foundation

The Parrot Foundation is a membership-based non-profit organization, providing technical, legal, and organizational infrastructure for the Parrot open source software project. It supports the open source community for the Parrot virtual machine, tools, libraries, and computer language implementations, and promotes innovation in virtual machine technology and dynamic languages. For more information on the Parrot Foundation, see