Ten years (exactly) are passed from my entrance in the monasterium. Maybe time flies when you are amusing.. or time flies anyway.. the fastest decade ever!
My first problem was about traversing a directory tree and i'm still remember my head boiling imagining a recursive algorithm.
The solution heard in the monastery was so simple that I was impressed.
I'm think about me as a newbie in Perl, but ten years here and near the compiler make me a skilful one.
I used Perl in many many different environment and with etherogeneous purposes: Win32 sysadmin, CGI, databases, Tk, linux sysadmin, LWP, some math and fun.. Here I ever found some big ol' monk suggesting the right thing, quickly and friendly.
In last ten years few think are still solid point in this floating reality: my woman, my kawasaki gpz and PerlMonks; I learned the order of priorities may be confused if you not follow The Twelves Pillars Of Wisdom..
Here you can walk in the cloister and hazard to asks some wise one about strange, until you know the truth, Perl's feature (like the uppercaseness of %ENV's keys on win32, or the prefilled input using Term::ReadLine), or hear discussion about storing log as video file to enjoy the compression, or whisper about hexagonal tessellation in Tk and having back a working program in two days..
Here you can search back in the time and find old answer that still works for an enormous amount of problems.
Here you can rediscover that Perl programmers are still humans (minus some one that only play one on Earth server): may be one day someone is nervous or sad or upset.. but everyday is here creatively.
Here I have meet a lot of people; the monastery was my only netplace ever. Some monk is lost during this years, few one physically too.. we miss them all.
Here I discovered the escathological doctrine of Perl6 (i heard it can write bytecode to stones for a geological later retrieve..) waiting the future revenge of Perl on the rest of the IT.
Here I saw little hashes grow and reference themselves and become objects, blessed by Some::Class, and object becomes transparent, translucent, singletons or insideout ones (it everytime remind me the poor babuin of 'the Fly' movie..).. and as you turn your eyes:"Eeek a Moose!".
Here you can have the folgoration that Perl let you to be near the compiler so you can evaluates what you want (arbitrium).
Here you learn how laziness is an hard work.
Here, if you are hungry, you go down in the kitchen and choose some DBI recipe that suit your taste.
Here you wake up and peoples from everywhere greet you with a "good localtime(time)!".
So monks i very pleased this Ten Years... Thank you to all!
Urrah! Urrah! Sto Lat!
there are no rules, there are no thumbs..