The connection between the language in which we think/program and the problems
and solutions we can imagine is very close. For this reason restricting
language features with the intent of eliminating programmer errors is at best
-- Bjarne Stroustrup
Zen and Perl
A modernized version of Takuan Soho's teachings:
You need to realize that when you practice from the state of
the beginner all the way to the stage of immutable wisdom,
then you must go back to the status of the beginner again.
Let me explain in terms of Perl. As a beginner
you know nothing of statements or regular
expressions, so you have
nothing in yourself to dwell on mentally. If someone
asks you to program, you just program
without thinking of anything.
Then, when you learn various things like packages,
how to wield
a regular expression, where to place your attention, and so on, your mind
lingers on various points, so you find yourself all tangled
up when you try to code.
But if you practice day after day and month after month,
eventually statements and structure don't
hang on your mind anymore,
and you are like a beginner who knows nothing.