Swalif has asked for the
wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:
We all know that screencasts and video tutorials are the easiest way for learning, especially for new comers (like me ;) ) .. Books are the definitive resources as well as the documentations. The problem is that there is no book available for each subject such as game development or using module X ..etc. And the documentations arenít always comprehensive and maybe more difficult to pick up by newcomers.
Screencasts on the other hand are very easy to follow and provide better motivation to commit and learn.
Now, for perl I donít know other video tutorial than http://www.scriptsocket.com/videos.php which indeed is very good and covers a lot of topics in short timed videos (By the way Iíve translated some of these videos to my native language.). The other resource is YAPC which is a very good resource too, but it is not intended to provide complete in depth tutorials and a lot of the lectures arenít in English or suffer from bad sound quality.
Unfortunately, the universities on youtube donít offer complete courses for Perl unlike some other languages.
Now, I think most of us know this free course
Eclipse and Java for Total Beginners
Using the Eclipse Workbench
Eclipse and Java: Introducing Persistence
Eclipse and Java: Using the Debugger
In addition to the four courses the author tries to familiarize the viewers with test driven development.
You can read the visitors comments to know how successful and useful these videos are.
Now imagine that we have Perl for total beginners, Using Padre, TDD in perl, Using web frameworks, GUI with wxPerl..
I think this will promote Perl and encourage everyone who is interested in programming to use perl.
With all perl experts we have I donít think this is hard to achieve but I wonder why?