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Re^2: How do you master Perl?

by Steve_p (Priest)
on Apr 11, 2005 at 20:28 UTC ( #446757=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: How do you master Perl?
in thread How do you master Perl?

When I have gotten past the basics of a particular language, I start to think about other play projects I've worked on and try to decide how to reimplement them in the new language. Things I like to try are

  • building a binary heap
  • building a simple HTTP library
  • implementing various sort algorithms
  • parsing an RSS file

These kinds of little projects for me help me to get a gauge for what the language is like and what its strengths and weaknesses are. It also helps me to understand the gaps I currenly have in my understanding of that language.

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Re^3: How do you master Perl?
by apotheon (Deacon) on Jan 01, 2006 at 00:44 UTC

    I know of another Steve that does the same thing. He wrote a module he called and is now polishing up a rewrite of it in Ruby (Node.rb). I think he's rewriting UMENU in Ruby, too. That certainly strikes me as a good way to learn things in a new language: it provides a clear, simple benchmark against which to evaluate your progress.

    print substr("Just another Perl hacker", 0, -2);
    - apotheon
    CopyWrite Chad Perrin

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[choroba]: Perl to the rescue!
[Corion]: hippo: At least for the German translation, the wordplay is translated as well
[Discipulus]: always! but if i can ask choroba why you always use the inverted (to me) form 1 == $.?
[choroba]: To avoid accidental overwriting of the variable in if ($x = 3)
[karlgoethebier]: Corion: Auch in hessisch? Mer wasses net.
[Corion]: Hmm - I'm not sure, I haven't read the mundart/slang translations ;)
[Eily]: $F[1] =~ s/^0//r could be written as (0+$F[1]). It's less explicit though

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