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How to teach perl to novice programerby chrestomanci (Priest)
|on Aug 26, 2013 at 08:04 UTC||Need Help??|
chrestomanci has asked for the
wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:
Greetings wise brothers. I have a question concerning our evangelical mission to spread the good news of perl to our initiates who wish to learn it's great power.
I have been approached at work by a colleague from the marketing department. She has asked me to teach her programming in perl during break times. My boss is happy for me to do this provided I don't do so in work time. The colleague has a scientific education, but no prior experience I computer programming.
The problem is that I have no idea how to teach programming to a novice, and I don't know what text book to use. There is a copy of the Camel Book available, as well as some more advanced perl programming books, but nothing for beginners.
Can you recommend a suitable text book for a beginner? Hopefully something with some exercises in, so that I don't have to think up lots of simple programming problems.
Is the current Strawberry perl distro sufficient as a programming environment? Is Padre included these days?
More fundamentally, do you think that perl is a suitable language for a beginner? Or would it be better to find a teaching language such as scratch for the fundamentals (variables, loops, functions etc), before moving on to perl?