|P is for Practical|
the next stepby emilford (Friar)
|on May 09, 2002 at 06:27 UTC||Need Help??|
I've been programming Perl for roughly a year, but have programming experience in several other languages. I started teaching myself Perl (along with PHP) as a result of an internship position that required generation of dynamic webpages.
Since then, I've stuck with Perl and have used it for a wide range of things, ranging in levels of difficulty. I love programming in Perl! I buy books to learn more and hang out at PM.org to learn from others with more experience. After a year, I feel my knowledge of Perl is strong enough to get things accomplished, but I often find myself providing a drawn-out response to a question that other Monks answer in a few lines of usually fairly complex code.
Perhaps my problem is not enough "real world" experience. While others program in Perl for a living, I spend my Perl time building personal webpages and tossing together a few reg exps to manipulate parts of a document. I'm looking to obtain a job as a programmer after I graduate college, but feel that if I'm going to have ANY chance of making it as a Perl programmer, I need to get on the ball.
I guess my question is what I should do to take my knowledge of Perl to the next level. I own several Perl books and have read through them, but I don't feel like my ability to program efficiently in Perl is increasing. What should I do? Pick up more books? Look through professional level code? What is the normal next step (if there is one) for an aspiring Perl Monk? I feel like I've hit a brick wall, but know that there is certainly MUUUUUUUCH more out there for me to learn. Is there a direction that I should head in (webpages, databases, etc)? What's hot on the market?
Okay, excuse any "unclearness" in this post, but I'm exhausted from a week of final exams. Oh boy, Operating Systems final exam tomorrow, bright and early!
Thanks in advance. -Eric