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Re: Proving I have mad perl skillzzzlz

by vagnerr (Prior)
on Dec 22, 2003 at 09:55 UTC ( #316352=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Proving I have mad perl skillzzzlz

You will always have trouble proving yourself to a potential employer due to your lack of "commercial experience." My advice would be to think of a personal project or two and write some code. Not only will it give you something to demonstraite your abilities but it also allows you to practice your skills and even build on your confidence (if that is needed). If you can, make your project available online. Working demonstrations would be the best of course you would need somewhere that you can host CGI if you are writing a web based application. Otherwise somewhere like Sourceforge is quite usefull. The interviewer might not be technical but if he/she has any sense they will ask one of their technical staff to look over your code and give their opinion. If you can collaborate on a project on sourceforge with some friends it would also demonstraite your ability to "work well with others."

Remember that amateurs built Noah's Ark. Professionals built the Titanic.

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Re: Re: Proving I have mad perl skillzzzlz
by The Mad Hatter (Priest) on Dec 22, 2003 at 13:55 UTC
    This is exactly what I ended up doing. One of my friend's mom runs a web design company and she saw the application I had written. Impressed by it, she now uses me when her company needs Perl work done. Everyone is happy. : )

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[choroba]: Unfortunately, none of it is online
[haukex]: I figured that POD tests make sense, but only as author tests
[choroba]: I mean, the slides are, but not the makefile with scripts to create them
[Corion]: haukex: I've only now arrived at that revelation ;)
[Corion]: choroba: I use spod5, which also has that support, and also implements its own kinda-make stuff
[haukex]: But that module I just linked to assumes that most verbatim blocks are runnable code, I have other modules where that's not the case, so there I just copy-and-paste the synopsis into the author tests...
[haukex]: not the most efficient, but then again, I don't have that many modules on CPAN :-)
[Corion]: haukex: Yes, but if it's only supposed to run on my machine, I can be far more liberal with how I extract the code etc.
[Corion]: haukex: Yes - I see the benefit of using Dist::Zilla for people with 150+ modules on CPAN, but I don't see it for myself, and I'm always put off from contributing to such modules because they require a lot of toolchain setup that I don't want to ...
[Corion]: ... spend time on if I only want to provide a short patch

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