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Re: General Computer Science: For Beginners

by gnosti (Friar)
on Jan 25, 2012 at 07:13 UTC ( #949839=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to General Computer Science: For Beginners

My approach to learning CS has been to start projects. I come up to a wall, bang my head, and eventually find how OO, grammars, graphs or exception handling can help me. It's all CS, but in relation to a real project. Any sufficiently advanced project will pull in quite a bit of CS. As someone else suggested, reading perlmonks is a great way to learn.

For books, Higher Order Perl is outstanding (although I've barely scratched the surface.) Mastering Algorithms in Perl is a good reference in theory; in practice, I haven't needed what it offers, although knowledge of algorithms appears to be foundation for many CS courses.

Finally, learning version control (principally git) has dramatically changed how I work. If you do a project of 50 lines or more, you need this!

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[stonecolddevin]: o/ planetscape
[Sinistral]: I think that just the sight of his username now causes a downvote storm. I agree, and the gratuitous use of formatting does make reading hard. I've given him +1 on things where there seemed to be actual good advice, but I think the big
[Sinistral]: nail in coffin was the rant against a Schwarzian Transform
[stonecolddevin]: at best, from what i've seen, his knowledge is accurate up to maybe 2002. the sheer volume of words is mostly worthy of a downvote in most cases though i think
[erix]: ITYM Schwartzian Transform :P
[erix]: hey planetscape :)
[planetscape]: howdy stonecolddevin, erix
[Sinistral]: eric Aye. I thought I typed that wrong. All hail Randall! I listen to him on FLOSS Weekly
[Discipulus]: i think his vacuus, trombon like, absence of meaning, joined with a ostentatious style, after many years irritates the most
[erix]: easy to get wrong -- I guess that was sund's point, too :P

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