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Delving Deeper into the World of Programming
Experts at programming? What kind of expert? There
are those who excell at the theory of programming, those that
excell simply at getting the job done and then there are those
really disgusting individuals that seem to have both talents.
The theory is nice because it gives a person a framework
within which they can think about programming languages in
general. The most enlightening course I took in college was
a comparative OS course, but only because I had been working
in a real-time system and the course finally gave me the
correct language to think about what was happening.
For the most part, I have come by my knowledge the hard way.
Write enough code that you then have to maintain 6 months later
and you quickly figure out the value of comments and
documentation. Spend enough time trying to remember what
command line options are available and you learn the value
of -h options and Getopt::Long. Re-invent certain wheels
enough times and you learn to either make a module or to
search CPAN first and steal^wuse somebody else's wheel.
I would recommend, for what terribly little my opinion is
worth, picking up the book on programming theory and language
design. I would recommend learning several different
programming languages. Both will allow you to approach
a problem, determine the best tool and use it effectively.
Which, in my mind, is what really defines an expert programmer.