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Damian praises Perl Monks

by Erudil (Prior)
on Dec 12, 2001 at 19:05 UTC ( #131253=monkdiscuss: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

Great interview with TheDamian here

From the article:

This goes back to what I was saying earlier about giving back to the community by becoming involved in the community. The great thing about that is that you'll get far more back from doing that than you'll put into it (actually, that's true of all the ways of contributing I mentioned).

A prime example of that are the Perl Monks. Their charter is to be:

  • an attempt to make learning Perl as non-intimidating and easy to use as possible
  • a place for individuals to polish, improve, and showcase their Perl skills
  • a community which allows everyone to grow and learn from each other.

And they accomplish all three goals. Brilliantly. They have some extremely talented Real World programmers who are happy to lend advice on specific problems, discuss alternative strategies and solutions, critique existing code, etc.

If I were looking to improve my Perl marketability for the future, is the place I'd be hanging out.

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Re: Damian praises Perl Monks
by Masem (Monsignor) on Dec 12, 2001 at 19:46 UTC
    Not only is the PM praise good, but also knowing what plans he's got for modules are rather exciting and interesting. Parse::FastDescent, for example, as well as the "evil" that can be raised with Parse::Perl :-)

    Of course, /. also has posted a link to the article, and as usually, there's the handful of negative commentary in addition to some useful ones. Of note that I saw was that someone was trying to demonstrate the various design patterns in the Book of Four as done in perl; the site is, and run by Nigel Wetters. Looks to be an interesting project.

    Dr. Michael K. Neylon - || "You've left the lens cap of your mind on again, Pinky" - The Brain
    "I can see my house from here!"
    It's not what you know, but knowing how to find it if you don't know that's important

      I've talked with the author and he plans to get some sample chapters together to shop to a publisher (Manning). He mentioned that he is having a weekly design patterns study group in London where he plans to try out the text. Currently there is only some intro text and the Factory pattern, but he expects to have several more patterns completed by end of year.

      I thought the idea was so cool that I'm trying to put together a study group in Boston. If you're interested, join the list or email me directly at drew at drewtaylor dot com. Right now I'm thinking either before/after the monthly meeting or 1-2 times a month at some other location. I've done some studying of patterns, but I would love to have a better idea of how to properly implement them in perl. Anyone can code, but only some people have what it takes to properly program. ;-)

        Is there really that much benefit to collecting in person? Code review is best done at leisure, in my experience.

            -- Chip Salzenberg, Free-Floating Agent of Chaos

      I guess I don't read /. much anymore, since there are no ++ and -- buttons by each node ;). That said, I did go and have a look at the Damian thread. I uncovered the following jewel:

      One of the reasons for my irrational hatred of all things java is that a lot of people involved with it seem to think that java is a skill. It's not, it's knowledge. In my last company, we did a lot of programming with C and C++ and various technologies such as RPC, Corba, COM etc etc. and yet at least two people resigned because they couldn't put the magic j word on their resume. Careerwise at the time (pre dot bomb) they were right. You could have 10 years of C coding experience, a signed certificate from Donald Knuth that you were the top programmer of all time and you still couldn't get a job in a .com startup because you didn't know java yet.

      My sentiments exactly.

      g r i n d e r
      just another bofh

      print@_{sort keys %_},$/if%_=split//,'= & *a?b:e\f/h^h!j+n,o@o;r$s-t%t#u';
Re: Damian praises Perl Monks
by Anonymous Monk on Dec 19, 2001 at 19:40 UTC
    perl -e 'foreach (a..j) { print index(" abcdefghij",$_) . "\n"; }'

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