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Re: What Worked In My 1st Year Of Perl: LOL

by delirium (Chaplain)
on Nov 15, 2010 at 02:46 UTC ( #871394=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to What Worked In My 1st Year Of Perl: LOL

Nice meditation, man! Also, it's good to find someone else who enjoyed both Anathem and GEB. Your list of perl books is begging for an addition, though: Data Munging With Perl. Lessons from that book and the fact (which you pointed out) that no one ever learns regular expressions has kept me employed for the last 7 years.
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Re^2: What Worked In My 1st Year Of Perl: LOL
by luis.roca (Deacon) on Nov 15, 2010 at 17:34 UTC

    Thanks delirium. I loved Anathem and I'm planning on reading it again soon. (Although, I think I may read the Baroque Cycle. I read the first chapter of Quicksilver and liked it.) One good measure of a book is if it gets you interested in reading other books. Anathem definitely did that for me.

    Godel, Escher, Bach is like an inspiration reference. I was wary of reading it since math isn't my biggest strength but my friend put me at ease and Anathem gave me the extra push.

    I know we discuss a lot of Perl books here. Obviously that's appropriate for this site but we learn Perl to solve problems and explore ideas. I really think to do that effectively you have to consume all different kinds of information. (Sounds a little obvious but I've been guilty of putting blinders on.) It's a lot of work but well worth it and should be fun right?

    P.S. I checked out a few chapters from Data Munging with Perl. It looks like something I would like to pick up but, and I'm going to contradict myself after what I said regarding Programming Perl, should I be concerned that it's almost ten years old?

    "...the adversities born of well-placed thoughts should be considered mercies rather than misfortunes." Don Quixote

      Part of my original reason for learning Perl had to do with the need to do some data extraction and analysis from satellite telemetry data streams. Perl was our standard language for doing satellite integration and testing and seemed like a good opportunity to do my tasks and, at the same time, afford the opportunity to integrate my tools with our integration and testing.

      Data Munging with Perl seemed like a natural enough topic directly related to my problem so I got it as my second Perl book (my first, and the one I used to kickoff my Perl was Bioinformatics with Perl which is not one that I suggest for learning Perl...O'Reilly's Learning Perl would have been better for me). It was too advanced for that early few months, but has in retrospect been a wonderful and useful resource (perhaps much like Perl Cookbook is for you and has become for me, too) that I, too, highly recommend.

      I think that delirium's recommendation is good and suggest that at this point in your learning Perl it is a definite recommendation that I, too, would offer.

      I don't think it is as advanced (in terms of utility) as you worry and that you would find it most worthwhile.

      Just my opinion, of course.

      ack Albuquerque, NM

        Thank you ack. It looks like I'll be reading Data Munging with Perl soon.

        The work that got you involved in Perl sounds really fascinating. Are you still involved in the same projects? I would love to see more people post stories like yours in Meditations and their home nodes.

        BTW : My wife and I love New Mexico. You live in a beautiful place. I'd like to visit again soon.


        "...the adversities born of well-placed thoughts should be considered mercies rather than misfortunes." Don Quixote
Re^2: What Worked In My 1st Year Of Perl: LOL
by ack (Deacon) on Nov 19, 2010 at 18:12 UTC

    I haven't read Anthem but these posts are peaking my interest so I'll go hunt for it.

    Read GEB many years ago for an entirely different reason as I was just beginning to explore some topics in complexity and a friend suggested GEB. I got it and loved it!

    Great meditation! I really enjoyed it.

    ack Albuquerque, NM

      I think you'll be disappointed by whichever of the two A titles you end up reading.

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