|Keep It Simple, Stupid|
RFC: Perl Learning Planby Leitz (Scribe)
|on Nov 18, 2020 at 23:37 UTC||Need Help??|
Learning difficult topics like programming languages, human languages, or the thought processes of the opposite gender can be challenging. Over time, too much challenge can be discouraging and can end the effort before success is achieved.
In my own learning efforts I have found great success in mapping out the core topics for my next level. Doing so lets me focus on what I need right now and avoid stress about not learning things beyond my current level goal. In Perl, for example, I should really know the syntax and uses of hash references before I dig into object oriented web frameworks. While the idea seems simple, and it is, it does not seem common. For me it has helped in everything from programming languages to things like human languages, shooting sports, writing fiction, and searching for new jobs. Pretty much every aspect of my life has been helped by making a good plan for the next step and ignoring everything else. Except for the "opposite gender" bit, I'm still working on that one...
Here's my learning plan for becoming a well rounded Perl Apprentice. The goal is to have the basics down solidly so that I can begin my journeymanship. Until these topics are firmly embedded in my head and skills, I do not need to be trying to do Expert Perl stuff.
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