in reply to Reading the manual and knowing if you are getting good

Memorizing perldoc shows you can memorize stuff. I prefer to have a general grasp of perldoc, so that I know what's out there and where to find the details. perldoc exists so that I don't have to remember what's in perldoc.

IMHO, becoming a good Perl programmer is more about becoming good at programming than at Perl. If I was hiring someone into a senior position, I would be looking for the following (in no particular order):

As I answered "Yes" to more of those questions, I realized I was improving as a programmer. As I add to that list, I know I'm learning more about what a good programmer is.


  • In general, if you think something isn't in Perl, try it out, because it usually is. :-)
  • "What is the sound of Perl? Is it not the sound of a wall that people have stopped banging their heads against?"
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