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Re: Forgetting Syntax, Forgetting logic, Heck, Should I even try keep learning Perl??

by karlgoethebier (Curate)
on Dec 15, 2012 at 13:40 UTC ( #1008982=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Forgetting Syntax, Forgetting logic, Heck, Should I even try keep learning Perl??

Heck. I dunno what to do.

Just do it. It is possible - if you want it. I did it just some years ago - one year after i used a computer for the first time in my live ( i'm 56 now). Before i relied on paper and pencil and considered computers as rubbish.

Same thing with Unix. Some day my boss came and said: "Karl, can you do this and that on this machine?". The OS was AIX. I had no plan, the only OS i knew at that time was NT. So i learned some shell commands by the hard way.

Before i started bothering myself with computers i had another career: i was a musician. Playing baroque chamber music, teaching a.s.o.

Very often my pupils asked me similar questions: "I'm this and that... and can i really...?". I always answered: Yes, just do it.

Proof: Just some time ago i met a piano player, about 40 years++ old. When he was ~35, his very wish was to become an expert in comping. So he went to Berklee and just did it.

I hope this helps and best regards, Karl

«The Crux of the Biscuit is the Apostrophe»


Comment on Re: Forgetting Syntax, Forgetting logic, Heck, Should I even try keep learning Perl??
Re^2: Forgetting Syntax, Forgetting logic, Heck, Should I even try keep learning Perl??
by Laurent_R (Vicar) on Dec 15, 2012 at 14:15 UTC

    I totally support what has been said: just do it!

    I was a professional translator when I wrote my first useful (albeit very simple) computer program, back in 1986 or 1987, at an age of about 32.It took me 5 or 6 years, between 1989 and 1996, to graduate with master of software engineering, thus completed when I was almost 41. I started Perl in about 2003, or so, at an age of about 48. I used it for a long time as a simple scripting language, and started only much more recently (about 2 years ago) to use it more as a full-fledged language for solving complex problems and I am still learning almost every week more advanced features of the Perl language such as coderefs, callbacks, closures, typeglobs, and so on. And I will turn 57 in less than two weeks from now.

    So I certainly don't think there is an age-limit for starting such new things.

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