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Re^3: sumof - attempting to sum a column from each file

by Rudolf (Pilgrim)
on Sep 15, 2012 at 01:04 UTC ( #993813=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

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No problem at all, you should consider learning more Perl if you have the time - it is a valuable investment. Not only a powerful tool but a fun artistic language! good luck

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Re^4: sumof - attempting to sum a column from each file
by ricky5ive (Initiate) on Sep 18, 2012 at 01:15 UTC

    I would like to learn more cause I do enjoy it, but hard to figure out where to go next? Any help there would be appreciated. I enjoy Perl, I just run into issues like these and it takes the wind out of my sails. I come back to it, but takes a few days. I've taken a beginners class and read the learning perl oriely book. I have the cookbook also, but it's difficult to figure out where to go with that. I've worked a lot with modules too. I think I need to get a more concrete understanding of the low level language so I can utilize more features and make it easier.

    Any suggestions are appreciated. If anyone knows what another stepping stone would be, I would be grateful.

      Hang out on Perlmonks a lot. Try to answer simple questions and study the more complicated ones.

      Look around you: is there anything you can automate by using Perl? Perl shines in small scripts that can do a lot of routine jobs: you have to move the log-files of your web-servers to archive-storage at the end of each week? Write a Perl-script to do it for you! You receive reports and data in various formats from different sources? Write a Perl script that parses those reports and transforms the data into a common format, ready to store in your database. Then write a Perl script that makes a nice report for management with one push of a button.


      A program should be light and agile, its subroutines connected like a string of pearls. The spirit and intent of the program should be retained throughout. There should be neither too little or too much, neither needless loops nor useless variables, neither lack of structure nor overwhelming rigidity." - The Tao of Programming, 4.1 - Geoffrey James

      My blog: Imperial Deltronics

      Yes, countZero makes a great point. Lower level languages do enhance your knowledge for sure, however the entire time you may be thinking " wow I could do this whole page in one line of perl " lol. Don't just use perl for work use it to make something interesting and that you have a connection with. This can make it a lot more fun and valuable in the future!

      I began my journey with Programming Perl 3rd edition. The 4th ed. just came out about a year ago so you want that one, many great revisions and additions. I too have the cookbook but regretably to be honest I rarely ever used it since google can provide me with a solution way faster. Otherwise it has some solid examples.

      good luck

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