|laziness, impatience, and hubris|
Re: Re: Perl quests .. programming challengesby footpad (Monsignor)
|on Nov 28, 2000 at 20:20 UTC||Need Help??|
Why not use the existing questions in the areas mentioned by mrmick? In other words, consider looking at the questions and then deriving your own answers before reading the existing ones?
Also, think about various things you do from time to time. For example, I've worked on the following puzzles for my own amazement and education:
And so on. Look at your daily life and see what types of information you normally need access to. If you can't think of anything there, then consider system maintenance tools (such as deleting all *.bak files or checking CPAN for newer versions of modules you've installed.), or hobby "helpers" (if you play RPGS, then how about a character generator. If you collect stamps, then a stamp database. Etc.) Bottom line: look for an interesting problem and then try to solve it.
By the time you do three or four such exercises, you should gain some confidence with the language, begin developing a personal styles, and start collecting a set of routines you reuse between projects.
If you can't think of anything that interests you, well, how about obtaining a copy of "Learning Perl" or "The Perl Cookbook" and then typing in the examples/recipes? When I did this, I found many different avenues of exploration and went from there.