|Syntactic Confectionery Delight|
On human memory managementby bronto (Priest)
|on Jan 27, 2003 at 10:15 UTC||Need Help??|
Hanging around in the monastery I learnt about Perl constructs that I completely ignored
Yesterday, for example, I learnt about the behaviour of split when passed a negative LIMIT parameter. Months ago I read about the bistable .. operator...
Personally I think that you can learn a programming in at least two ways: studying it from the ground up and/or step by step, guided by the problems you are trying to solve. That's how our brain manages available memory, right?
In either case, I believe, you tend to learn very well the constructs you use, keep ready in a drawer for a later use the interesting features that you didn't use yet, and completely forget all the rest.
This way, you never have a complete knowledge of the language.
But some people have, it seems. Many of the replies I read here about things that were completely unknown to me always came from the same three/four people. And that's amazing to me.
I'd like to hear from you about these points:
...and, last but not least, did I miss something important in my reasoning?
Thanks in advance for your opinions