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This is an odd answer, but just provide the Camel book to him and leave him alone. If he's looking for projects, have him solve his homework problems using Perl. He'll come and ask you questions as he runs across them.

This is how I plan on teaching my son, once I have a free computer to put in his room.

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In reply to Re: Teaching Perl to Children by dragonchild
in thread Teaching Perl to Children by SciDude

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    [1nickt]: Yaerox probably best to whip up an SSCCE demonstrating the failure in what you have now and post to SoPW as a question.
    [Corion]: Yaerox: That's a somewhat hard problem. Encode solves the conversion part, but for guessing what encoding a file is in, that's the hard part
    [Corion]: Yaerox: There is Encode::Guess, but that needs a limited set of inputs, and it also cannot handle multiple single-byte encodings
    [Corion]: If you have a BOM, that's a really easy way to recognize UTF-8. Otherwise, you can try to decode a file from UTF-8, and if that works OK and doesn't crash, most likely the file was valid UTF-8
    [Corion]: But as "ansi" (Latin-1?) is a single-byte encoding, any file is a valid ANSI file

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