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Re: Learning the Deeper Secrets of Perl

by dragonchild (Archbishop)
on Jan 26, 2005 at 15:45 UTC ( #425240=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Learning the Deeper Secrets of Perl

I play golf. I also wrote a few CPAN modules. Some people write obfu's.

Beyond that, I don't think there's much more without leaving the realm of Perl and entering the realm of computer science. Most of the Perl gurus are really programming gurus that happen to use Perl when you see them. They would be equally guru-ish in pretty much any language out there.

Being right, does not endow the right to be rude; politeness costs nothing.
Being unknowing, is not the same as being stupid.
Expressing a contrary opinion, whether to the individual or the group, is more often a sign of deeper thought than of cantankerous belligerence.
Do not mistake your goals as the only goals; your opinion as the only opinion; your confidence as correctness. Saying you know better is not the same as explaining you know better.


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Re^2: Learning the Deeper Secrets of Perl
by radiantmatrix (Parson) on Jan 27, 2005 at 14:30 UTC

    I have no formal CS training, and that is part of my problem, I know. I am definately open to suggestions about learning general CS skills as well, as they obviously apply to making me a better Perl developer.

    radiantmatrix
    require General::Disclaimer;
    s//2fde04abe76c036c9074586c1/; while(m/(.)/g){print substr(' ,JPacehklnorstu',hex($1),1)}

      A few suggestions, all boiling down to reading:
      1. Read any basic CS 101 textbook. You can pick them up real cheap at college bookstores.
      2. Read all of tilly's meditations. Then read tye's, brian_d_foy's, and any other major Perl name. You can SuperSearch limiting on a person's name, just Meditations, then (at the bottom) exclude replies.
      3. Read all the Apocalypses, Synopses, and Exegeses for Perl6. Not for the Perl6 stuff, but because Perl6 is going to be an extremely syncretic language. As you hit a concept you don't fully understand, Google it.

      Remember this - CS is the science of algorithms, especially algorithms as implemented using a binary-logic computational machine. Everything else is built upon that.

      Being right, does not endow the right to be rude; politeness costs nothing.
      Being unknowing, is not the same as being stupid.
      Expressing a contrary opinion, whether to the individual or the group, is more often a sign of deeper thought than of cantankerous belligerence.
      Do not mistake your goals as the only goals; your opinion as the only opinion; your confidence as correctness. Saying you know better is not the same as explaining you know better.

        All good suggestions.

        Another option would be to actually do a CS course - or at least the parts of it that interest you.

        In the UK the Open University have some interesting-looking courses which are modular and AFAIR not too expensive - I don't doubt that other countries have similar programmes.

        best wishes, a.

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