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Re^3: Perl as one's first programming language

by samizdat (Vicar)
on Apr 08, 2008 at 12:56 UTC ( #678972=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^2: Perl as one's first programming language
in thread Perl as one's first programming language

Agree with everything you've added, mr mischief. In fact, the ability to move from one level of abstraction to another is sorely lacking in today's world. Schools do not teach kids to think of associations and context, and so they're crippled when it comes to analyzing a situation or problem.

There are some efforts to teach kids about patterns and sets, but they're so limited. The vast majority of 'education' is rote skill practice and regurgitation, and that's leaving our kids stuck in the muck.

Don Wilde
"There's more than one level to any answer."
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[RonW]: james28909 Why not write a Perl program to do the task?
[choroba]: RonW Yes, but then, one day, they needed to switch from FTP to SFTP, and... but I can't give the whole talk away here :)
[RonW]: Tunnel FTP through stunnel?
[james28909]: i guess i should have done it in perl. i bet it woulnt have taken me 5 hours to figure out haha
[choroba]: In the end, I was able to upgrade Perl from 5.8.3 to 5.22 and install Net::SFTP::Foreign , at least for the task involved

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