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Re: top ten things every Perl hacker should know

by nothingmuch (Priest)
on Mar 19, 2006 at 07:25 UTC ( #537727=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to top ten things every Perl hacker should know

My list is:
  1. Balance is everything
  2. Why and how to use the CPAN
And all of their dependencies.

By the time a Perl hacker reaches the point where they can use the CPAN effectively they have significant technical skills and cultural know how.

When said hacker is then starting to pass good judgement on effort vs. gain, complexity vs. simplicity, and all of those topics we have such a hard time with I think that J. Random is ready to take the final journey. This stage is much more intangible than any other learning stage, and is often walked alone, but arguably it's the stuff that makes you into a "real" programmer.

I don't think this journey ends, btw ;-)

We have a word for these kinds of musings in hebrew - it's the combination of the roots for philosophy and flatulence.

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[Sinistral]: I think that just the sight of his username now causes a downvote storm. I agree, and the gratuitous use of formatting does make reading hard. I've given him +1 on things where there seemed to be actual good advice, but I think the big
[Sinistral]: nail in coffin was the rant against a Schwarzian Transform
[stonecolddevin]: at best, from what i've seen, his knowledge is accurate up to maybe 2002. the sheer volume of words is mostly worthy of a downvote in most cases though i think
[erix]: ITYM Schwartzian Transform :P
[erix]: hey planetscape :)
[planetscape]: howdy stonecolddevin, erix
[Sinistral]: eric Aye. I thought I typed that wrong. All hail Randall! I listen to him on FLOSS Weekly
[Discipulus]: i think his vacuus, trombon like, absence of meaning, joined with a ostentatious style, after many years irritates the most
[erix]: easy to get wrong -- I guess that was sund's point, too :P
[Discipulus]: planetscape welcome back! (or is well comeback?)

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