in reply to
In the spirit of the "Perl Monks" theme, here's my take on
the "fast enough" question with reference to Zen teachings,
here presented as a paraphrased version of
the comments of another monk, Takuan Soho, on
You need to realize that when you practice from the state of
the beginner all the way to the stage of immutable wisdom,
then you must go back to the status of the beginner again.
Let me explain in terms of Perl. As a beginner
you know nothing of statements or regular
expressions, so you have
nothing in yourself to dwell on mentally. If someone
asks you to program, you just program
without thinking of anything.
Then, when you learn various things like packages,
how to wield
a regular expression, where to place your attention, and so on, your mind
lingers on various points, so you find yourself all tangled
up when you try to code.
But if you practice day after day and month after month,
eventually statements and structure don't
hang on your mind anymore,
and you are like a beginner who knows nothing.
Zen teachings advocate a position of doing without thinking,
which is to say that only when you can program without thinking
about programming can you claim that you can really program
Learning Perl is like learning any language, and you have
really only learned that language when you begin to think
in that language. You're "fast enough" when you don't have
to think about Perl at all and you can just program.