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Re^2: Perl Babysteps 1: Your First Simple Script

by StommePoes (Scribe)
on Nov 24, 2008 at 14:03 UTC ( #725590=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: Perl Babysteps 1: Your First Simple Script
in thread Perl Babysteps 1: Your First Simple Script

Bah, when I was first learning HTML, the book I started with just gave us the doctype, went on from there, and later got back to it with a better explanation-- that's what I'd do with the use strict, use warnings-- just tell people to stick them in there, add a sentence stating what they do and that they'll get more explained later, and you're good. No need to discuss it for two pages on a new tut.
Someone wrote:
"But that doesn't mean I think we should encourage non-programmers to become programmers. I'm convinced good programmers are more or less born like that, and that they only need to learn to use the appropriate tools."
I'm a eugenicist myself, but even I wouldn't go that far. Watch out! I'm an idiot non-programmer who can add 2 and 2 and get 4, 5 or 6, and I'm going to use these plain-English tutorials to start desecrating the Perl language like you wouldn't believe! I will fill the nodes and cb with n00b questions and I will start out writing stupid teletubbie programs while I still don't know what I'm doing, and then some, and you won't stop me! I will learn a programming language, learn it well, and no I wasn't born that way.

The language style didn't come across to me as patronising but rather easy-going and laid back-- the same style I see in the Camel book, actually. It's friendly, straight-forward and yes, is written for people like me who were not born with programming genes. Nice beginning tutorial, Brian. Keep writing them.
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[atcroft]: .oO(Then there is the effect if a site changes their timezone, such as when the International Date Line was moved by the purchase of Alaska by the US from Russia in 1867, or several places (I cannot recall off-hand) that moved from one side of the Date
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