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I learned perl by accident. In January of 1997, I chucked my previous career, and went back to school to learn programming. For 6 months, I did little but study C++ and HTML, play Doom, and work out. In April, touched based with a friend who was working for a Silicon Valley startup. He told me that he might have a job for me in August.

When August came, I sent him a resume, did a phone interview, and was hired at a small startup company. Rich showed me to my cube, pointed me at some perl code used for monitoring servers, and told me to learn it. Armed only with the Camel Book and the knowledge that I knew zero perl, I dug in.

Over the next few months, I learned how the code worked (connect to a socket, send a query, parse the response, report the result), and both expanded and improved it. Five years later, I've forgotten 90% of the C++, but I'm still doing perl every day.

-Logan
"What do I want? I'm an American. I want more."


In reply to Re: Why I learn a language. by logan
in thread Why I learn a language. by blackstarr

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    [tye]: 1) The python stack traces show you the names of variables, not the values of variables. Almost never informative.
    [LanX]: do you have a py job now?
    [tye]: Right now I have errors trying to fetch stuff from graphite. It says 'apps not ready, check startup logs'. I eventually find the startup logs and see 'no apps found'. Looking for fixes to this problem...
    [LanX]: no idea ... ask py monks! ;-p
    [tye]: it turns out that this can be caused by almost anything going wrong. If you want to know what caused the problem, you have to try to load each app by-hand to see what problems it is having, because none of those will be logged.
    [tye]: No, I write more Perl than py at work. But I have to deal with plenty of py things.
    [tye]: py monks would just be offended.
    [Corion]: ;)
    [Corion]: Hi tye btw ;)
    [Corion]: I found plenty of not chatty enough logs with Perl too ... I'm slowly coming to appreciate Log::Log4perl resp. our homegrown alternative

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