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(zdog) Re: What does it take to LEARN Perl?

by zdog (Priest)
on Jun 07, 2001 at 23:42 UTC ( #86698=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to What does it take to LEARN Perl?

Here's one I want to add on to your list:

Reason for Using Perl (or A Way to Use Perl)
Basically, my point here is that in order to learn Perl well, you have to have something to practice on. You have to have some sort of ideas for using Perl. I've found that just by reading books on a certain programming language, one learns very little unless one applies what he/she has learned in some real way. And in order to want to pursue such projects, it has to interest the person or the person must have some need for it, otherwise the person doesn't feel like doing it eventually, and the point of doing it is lost. And that ultimately is the most difficult part in completing this aspect.

Zenon Zabinski | zdog |

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Re: (zdog) Re: What does it take to LEARN Perl?
by azatoth (Curate) on Jun 08, 2001 at 11:52 UTC
    I couldn't agree more with your sentiment, zdog. Some of you may remember I was sent on a Java course ("Obviously, You Will Need A Java Course...") a while ago, which I did find interesting. Unfortunately, seeing as my daily duties at work involve Perl coding, not Java, I have had no time to practise. And I have now pretty much forgotten everything I was taught on that course while I get caught up in the world of Furthering One's Perl Skills.

    update : also, I have never been on a formal Perl course, just learned it from books. Maybe it sticks better that way.

    Makes you wonder why my boss decided to send me on a java course eh?

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