|Perl: the Markov chain saw|
Sub-initiate needs help getting startedby Lori713 (Pilgrim)
|on Aug 25, 2003 at 21:31 UTC||Need Help??|
Lori713 has asked for the
wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:
I currently don't know any of these languages, but am reading various books and nodes here to get ideas. My previous programming experience involves a little Visual Basic (i.e., "Programming Lite"), and something called nVision from PeopleSoft (i.e., "Spoonfeeding Heavy"). I'm fairly comfortable with all the new languages except Perl. The next Perl class available that I can go to is in late October.
Did I mention a draft of these new reports are due October 31st?
I'm not sure how to ask my question because I know so little at this point, but I'll try...
Confession: I don't know how to run my program from a command line when my access to it is through an URL I type in. I make changes to a text document, FTP it to the Unix server, and it automagically appears when I go into Windows Explorer and type in my URL (I'm on Windows 2000 on a client PC). I have found someone to show me how telnet works... but I'm not sure how to debug in that environment since my program/subroutines generate web pages...
Any thoughts on how to set up an effective debugging system given that I'm playing with multiple languages on the Web? I'm having trouble pulling together all the information I've read over the last couple of weeks.
Just FYI: The program I'm taking over doesn't use the "-w" or "use strict" etc. (when I put these helpful things into the program, well, it's ugly - lots of "uninitialized variables"). Any dangers to putting "my" on every variable? The consultant said a lot of the variables are global, but I'm not sure what that means in the context of my one subroutine library (everything is in one file). He named the global variables "g_xxx," so I do know how to find them. I'd like to be able to use the "-w" and "use strict" for future help in debugging.
Thanks for any help you can provide. If you need more info, please let me know. Lori
P.S. Sorry this is so freaking long but I wanted to provide all the info I'd seen people ask for in previous posts.