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2010-2019 From Perl to ?

by jeffa (Bishop)
on Feb 18, 2020 at 22:29 UTC ( #11113126=perlmeditation: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

Greetings. It has been a long long while. I mostly stopped professional software development with Perl around 2013. Since then i mostly have worked in the DevOps field, using a number of dynamic languages to create pipelines for various teams. I did manage to accept a Perl gig in 2018 but that turned out to be quite possibly THE worst job i have ever worked. The environment was incredibly oppressive and my cow-orkers were either evil, incompetent or lethargic. Before i took that gig however, i re-discovered my love for synthesizers and electronic music and i had already acquired a large number of desktop modules, effects pedals and nice 24 track mixer. After that awful job in 2018 however, i had it in my mind to stop programming and do something else. I bought a soldering iron and a few kits. A few kits led to a few more kits including a ring modulator and delay pedal. Those kits led to errors, and to correct those errors i needed education. I bought some components and breadboards. I bought a dual power supply kit and successfully put it together without getting shocked and/or getting deathed. I read Art of Electronics and the Forrest M Mimms III field notebooks. I watched tons of Colin's Lab and EEVBlog videos on Youtube. I built my own mixer, power amps, MIDI thru boxes, a MIDI sequencer (with Arduino) and a MIDI synth, a dual distortion+delay pedal and DC to DC distribution box. All in all, this previous decade was a long slow ride to the bottom -- and once there i used it as an opportunity to learn new skills. Not sure how much Perl programming in 2020 and beyond will offer me ... but here we still are. I am going to use this opportunity to relearn computers and programming from the ground up this time. :)


(the triplet paradiddle with high-hat)

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Re: 2010-2019 From Perl to ?
by Discipulus (Abbot) on Feb 19, 2020 at 18:51 UTC
    Hello jeffa and welcome back,

    I remember you as a very smart perl coder. I'm happy to ear you find a new way and yes what you are doing is intriguing me a lot even if all these stuff are only in a longish TODO list, for the moment.

    It is important to do fun stuff, to find a good way to interact with people and, as I suppose to remember your "slow ride to the bottom", I'm glad to welcome you back here at perlmonks, sincerely.

    Perl is evolving, still. Perl is dead is a rumor told for so many years to become just humor.

    MCE is something new, perhaps you can apreciate it. webperl is also something very intriguing. Both are born in, or very near to this old monastery.

    Personally I explored a bit of python but only for mundane circustamces (read: money) and I did not like it so much. Perl is still my future even if I did not munge money from it, sadly. The only way I found to sanely interact with the machine is programming in Perl.

    Music is great! I have started with flute recently and iirc there is a monk here maintaining (still?) a giant perl music sampler but atm I cannot find the name.


    There are no rules, there are no thumbs..
    Reinvent the wheel, then learn The Wheel; may be one day you reinvent one of THE WHEELS.
Re: 2010-2019 From Perl to ?
by SteJav (Initiate) on Feb 19, 2020 at 11:39 UTC
    Inspiring! Do you have a blog about your experiments? SteJAv

      Thanks for asking. Times have indeed changed and these days i stream live to Twitch under a different username. I mostly share my progress with small rooms on Discord that i have joined. I also have published around 400 "songs" on Youtube in past 2.5 years. My goal this year is to become an active member with the local Maker group here in Nashville and work towards building guitars, synthesizers, speakers and anything else music related.

      Coding wise -- more PHP and Python .... which is good but not the 'P' i want. ;)


      (the triplet paradiddle with high-hat)
Re: 2010-2019 From Perl to ?
by Polyglot (Friar) on Feb 19, 2020 at 22:35 UTC

    I have learned in the past few years to use MuseScore, which is a platform-independent free software for creating music scores. I programmed a plug-in for it that would auto-generate the guitar chord notations above the piano score based on the notes in the score, and I have now created hundreds of scores. I'm not, at present, publishing the scores anywhere--some are copyrighted, perhaps, and I have simply entered them from their sheet music.

    Music is great, and is also one of my passions. I wish I knew more electronics.



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