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Perl Enlightenment and Personal Journey To Itby WebHick (Scribe)
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I like to think of enlightenment itself as an ocean and the further enlightened you are, the deeper the water gets. And reaching enlightenment is merely standing toe-deep in the ocean and saying, "I see more water. I want to go deeper. I want to be caught in the undertow." With that being said, every journey there is so very different. A lucky few stand in the utter blackness of cluelessness, point themselves in a direction and steadily walk towards the ocean. The unlucky many, of which I assume to be like myself, meander through the darkness for ages, weaving to and fro and back and forth looking only at their feet and barely manage to go towards the ocean.
And boy, my fellow monks, was I weaving! With the benefit of hindsight, I'd like to share with you why I was weaving so much. Maybe some of you can identify, maybe you can't, but I'm hoping it'll help someone who's wandering helplessly feel better.
Finding The Monestary was the most important step in my journey. It's helped me to start moving forward: I've bought a few more Perl books (decided to stick to O'Reilly to be safe), I use modules (and if I don't understand the docs that came with them, I don't let myself go further until I do), I've overcome my irrational fear of hashes and enjoy the benefits of using them, and I test my knowledge by downloading cheap Perl programs and trying to find what's wrong with them. At this point in my journey, I can at least see the ocean, which is a lot better than where I was.
I'd really love to hear about everyone's journey to enlightenment, the pitfalls they experienced along the way, and where they think they are in relation to the Ocean of Enlightenment.
I said there'd be more on the RTFM, and here it is: For most people, I imagine that the docs that come with Perl are very clear, consise, and thorough. But I could read the same paragraph 3 or 4 times, research everything in that paragraph I don't understand, and still be completely clueless. I fear that this is partly due to my lack of programming foundation (okay, so I did a little BASIC way back when, but I can't remember most of it) and partly from lack of intelligence. Or could it be that I'm simply not programmed correctly for programming? Doesn't stop me :).
I propose we add a new(?) acronym: UTFM (Understand The Finger-lickin'-good Manual) so I can say "I RTFM but I
And if anyone is wondering why I think it's an Ocean of Enlightenment and not a Sea of Cluelessness: Dolphins are extremely intelligent and gentle animals (although, I wouldn't be surprised if someone was a victim of a dolphin attack), much like many of the monks I've met online (yes, that applies to the attack statement, too). I remember reading a theory that during the dolphin's evolution they came out of the ocean, walked on land, and then returned to the ocean. It may be a defunct theory, I don't know, but I'd like to think that there's something to it. So I'm merely paralleling the highest theorized physical evolution with intellectual enlightenment. Besides, Death by Enlightenment Asphyxiation sounds cool :)
Update: Fixed a few typos