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Re: Re: Re: What does it take to LEARN Perl?

by Maclir (Curate)
on May 31, 2002 at 03:48 UTC ( #170612=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: Re: What does it take to LEARN Perl?
in thread What does it take to LEARN Perl?

Wow - a blast from the past. My personal belief is that having "an analytical approach to problem solving" is an inate ability. Just like some people have a natural ability for art, or music, or languages, so is the ability to logically approach problems. This can be improved by a good education in science and mathematics - not for the subject matter that is taught, but in the approach to problems. As well, look at some of the books on design theory - Knuth's books are a good (but very academic) start - and structured analysis.
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Re: Re: What does it take to LEARN Perl?
by penguinfuz (Pilgrim) on May 31, 2002 at 14:31 UTC
    maclir wrote: Wow - a blast from the past.
    You're right, I didn't notice the date. ;)

    My personal belief is that having "an analytical approach to problem solving" is an inate ability. Just like some people have a natural ability for art, or music, or languages, so is the ability to logically approach problems.
    Yup, I guess I believe this too, but I try not to. I fight it and I do make progress, just not at the rate I feel I should.

    This can be improved by a good education in science and mathematics...
    Unfortunately I really have neither, education was never too high on the list of priorities when I was younger, and I suffer for it now.

    ...not for the subject matter that is taught, but in the approach to problems.
    My approach to problems is what I try to refine each day. My thought process races across the board, I tend to work a little on one project and move to the next and then to the next, etc... If I can actually focus on ONE problem for whole day, I will sort it -- AND be aware of the knowlege I just gained. The trouble is retaining that focus. =')

    ...look at some of the books on design theory - Knuth's books are a good (but very academic) start - and structured analysis.
    I will do that. Thank you very much for the advise.

    Cheers.

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