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

by Anonymous Monk
on Dec 16, 2012 at 17:26 UTC ( #1009078=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


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

Regarding how to deal with re-learning the ropes of Perl...

I too get called away from programming many times in a year. What works best for me ...

1) Write programs dealing with some SMALL aspect of what you're looking for, or a small change from an example that you know works. They could be examples from modules or books or whatever.

Make COMMENTS in the program to make it absolutely clear to you what you're doing where.

Save those programs in a folder- subdirectory - flash drive, whatever.

You can keep efforts that DON'T work out, but at least keep some record (spreadsheet) of what you were trying, those that work and what they do, maybe what the glitch or last error message was.

When you come back, look back at these, so you can relearn quickest.

2) If you don't have time to do programming, do your best to follow something like PERLMONKS, or perhaps a listserv of your interest (At one time, there was a beginners mailing list that I could still learn a lot from, even after years.)

See if you can answer one or two questions posted, before reading the answers others give.

The rest of the advice you've gotten looks pretty good to me, too. Just sharing my experience.


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 shajiindia (Acolyte) on Dec 17, 2012 at 09:51 UTC

    I think the best simplest solution to this problem is something you will of heard before but this simple method can improve your comprehension of what you've read by up to 70%.

    You simply grab a pen & paper and take notes as you read a chapter. The sheer act of writing takes you from passive to active and triggers your brain to focus and think what your writing.

    So you buy a note pad and every book you read you write notes doesn't have to be extensive just write the key points out.

    This will greatly improve your ability to remember a subject. Passive reading is rubbish for trying to remember a subject especially if the topics a bit dry.

    Another quick way of remembering is to take notes using Mind Map. It works for me. One such tool is freemind and another commercial tool is Think Buzan's iMindMap (You can get a non commercial version with some limitations) for your personal use.

    Hope it helps.

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