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Five great years -- thanks a bunch!

by talexb (Canon)
on Dec 12, 2006 at 18:14 UTC ( #589348=perlmeditation: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

Well, it was five years ago today that I joined this on-line community, as a direct result of an interview with Damian Conway in the pair Networks Insider newsletter. Having learned Perl more or less on my own, my education was broad but full of holes.

I've heard it said that there are four stages of expertise:

  • Unconsciously incompetent
  • Consciously incompetent
  • Consciously competent
  • Unconsciously competent
That translates to
  • No idea what I'm doing, and don't know any better
  • No idea what I'm doing, but know there are better ways
  • Some idea of what I'm doing, but know are better ways
  • Some idea of what I'm doing, and don't know any better
Or, once you know good habits and they're ingrained, you've arrived -- you write meaningful comments, your code is structured, you use CPAN whenever possible, your code has tests, you generally have a clue.

After five years I have reached stage three -- consciously competent -- and continue to strive towards stage four, where I will live and breath Perl, and not even think about avoiding the bad mistakes and bad habits.

Perlmonks is a vital part of my ongoing education in the world of software development and the open source philosophy. I'd be much further behind without it.

So thanks to all the monks here, and to all those who work on Open Source projects. Here's to another five years, and another five beyond that. Cheers!

Alex / talexb / Toronto

"Groklaw is the open-source mentality applied to legal research" ~ Linus Torvalds

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Re: Five great years -- thanks a bunch!
by shotgunefx (Parson) on Dec 12, 2006 at 18:31 UTC
    Time certainly flies. It'll be six for me come April. Can't believe it's been that long.

    Over the years, Perlmonks is one of the few destinations for me that have stayed useful and relevant. While I haven't been nearly as active as I was in the first couple of years (the demands of life), never stayed away very long.

    Oddly enough, I vaguely remember when you were a new guy ;)

    -Lee
    "To be civilized is to deny one's nature."
        Oddly enough, I vaguely remember when you were a new guy ;)

      Heh -- I do remember getting shelled by all and sundry early on when I started to talk about XOR encyption.

      But all in all, it's been a great ride so far.

      Alex / talexb / Toronto

      "Groklaw is the open-source mentality applied to legal research" ~ Linus Torvalds

Re: Five great years -- thanks a bunch!
by Juerd (Abbot) on Dec 13, 2006 at 13:59 UTC

    Yay, party!! :-)

    My 5 year PM anniversary is in three days. I need to whore for XP a bit in these days, because I hope reach 20_000 experience and 5 years on the same day, which would lead to a nice average of exactly 4000 XP per year.

    Thanks for all the upvotes. I reached 20k already :-)

    Juerd # { site => 'juerd.nl', do_not_use => 'spamtrap', perl6_server => 'feather' }

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