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Re^2: What Worked In My 1st Year Of Perl: LOL

by ack (Deacon)
on Nov 19, 2010 at 18:54 UTC ( #872568=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

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I concur completely with vroom.

Having the ability to try small code examples was an absolutely invaluable part of my learning Perl.

Having learned many langauages in my career, the most "bang for the buck" always came from writing code...especially little exploratory snippets that would let me more clearly understand and see the nuances of different constructs and strategies.

But all early ones were compiled languages and involved a lot of work to go from editor, to compiler to linker to running. At the risk of revealing my dinosaur age background, I began with Fortran on an IBM mainframe with punched cards and batch jobs that usually took about 24 hours for turnaround of a job!

I learned the value of a more interactive approach with Microsoft's early versions of Visual Basic and when I found a freeware Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for Perl, almost immediately found that my learning curve had become nearly vertical.

I still use that strategy almost every day. It is as valuable to me now as it was almost 7 years ago when I was first learning Perl.

ack Albuquerque, NM
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