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Re: Why did you become a Perl expert (or programmer)?

by Discipulus (Canon)
on Jun 25, 2018 at 10:28 UTC ( [id://1217351] : note . print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Why did you become a Perl expert (or programmer)?

Uch! QM you stolen my idea for my next meditation! ;=)

I planned to title it: How IT begun? My history with computers and programming anyway here I'm. For sure not an expert.

I think this meditation, if rich of background details, will be useful or fun for future readers. Infact I suspect next generations of programmers will be prepeared in a more formal way and also programming languages will be more industry driven: no more tool made by passionate peoples to help other peoples but more tool made by the industry to make more gold more quicly, as always.

I had a passion for history and I disliked math. Now I understand it was because of wrong teachers.

My father is a professor of an humanistic field. He asked my help when I was a teenager to switch from his Olivetti Lettera 35 writing machine to a PC running DOS 6. I've done my best to help him but I looked at the manual of DOS 6 as you can look at gerogliphic on the Tutankamon pyramid: O_O

On his 286 my father used wordstar 5.5 to produce text: everything was block driven with a kind of tag system la html.

I remember my fear after issuying doublespace.bin reading the evil warning: this command is irreversible ouch!

Then a big time gap till the end of the past millenium. I was in a small group and we collected some old computer and monitors to build up an hack lab. Linux was the new revolutionary thing! iirc redhat 5.6 was the release.

A guy (Daniele if my memory still serves), shall Larry bless him, helped us to build the network (coaxial cables: do you remember?) and gave us the first notions of Linux. At the end of the session he distributed a 20 page Perl introduction in italian (i think is this one) saying: If someone is interested and has some spare time this is worth to read..

A friend from Senegal teached me about the art of hardware maintenance, assembling and cannibalizing: still useful lessons!

In a hot summer, after my hours as mason and before fool nights as you can only can afford in your 20s, I tried to write some html page and.. I get bored very soon: ok colors, letters, titles.. it seemed to me a primary school occupation. I needed something more challenging and I took such introduction to Perl.

I reread it many times without understanding well what the goal was: at that time I had no internet support and everything was on my own.

After some hours I produced my first script: an ugly chain of system calls to automate the firewall creation for the above Linux hack lab: the floppy must be still somewhere.

I took a fixed-term job as warehouse worker in a small ISP in my town: I frequently asked for wisdom to Linux gurus there. I was asked to install some windows machine: winnt and the new windows2000. They hired me soon. The luck was at my side

I used perl everytime I had an occasion to do it and I played with perl in my nights: very soon I produced working code to automate stuff on windows.

Joined perlmonks on 2002 to get support: I found the link on my copy of Perl Language Reference italian edition (my english was not so good at this time: studied on my own as perl).

I had some problem because no one of my bosses loved so much perl (only the owner of the company) as you can see in my Murder of a Perl coder (announced).

So I started because with perl you have immediatly something working, I continued because it can glue everything, I'm still here because the challenge never ends. Infact after circa 2007 I put a big effort on my perl because was the only fun thing of my job: see Ten (years) Here and over the time it become a passion very deeply nested in me: red thread

Worth to mention, even if you all already know, a wonderfull communty here at perlmonks: it is still now in 2018 my only net-place and I got a lot of support and some friends too.


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Re^2: Why did you become a Perl expert (or programmer)?
by Bod (Parson) on Sep 16, 2023 at 23:42 UTC
    I had a passion for history and I disliked math. Now I understand it was because of wrong teachers

    Precisely the opposite for me on the first point...

    At primary school I could never understand why everyone else was so slow with the maths lessons. So the teachers used to give me the exercise books for the next level, and then the next...until I had completed all the maths books with two years left to go in that school. Then, they wondered why I got bored and disruptive.

    In theory these days, I would have been given more depth instead of the next year's work!

    Kings and Queens and other historical facts never excited me. But, as I've got older, social history has become more interesting although I would never describe myself as knowledgable on the topic.