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Re^2: Need Perl book advice

by perldragon80 (Sexton)
on Aug 02, 2004 at 05:30 UTC ( [id://379203]=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

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I completely agree with the last post!
The key to moving forward and becoming a better programmer is projects, not projects that are within the realm of your current capabilities, but projects that are slightly outside of that scope.

Having such a project or task will force you to use all the resources you can to figure out solutions to the problems you find (which you can't immediately solve). I have found no faster way to learn than to be presented with a programming task that I wanted to find a solution to.

Step 1, and perhaps the key to all of this, is finding something that you would like to have automated or completed by a script or program. Don't start with something too big, just start with something fairly simple, perhaps even expand on an example you read in one of the books.

From there just keep trying to set a higher standard and soon you will be doing things you never even thought you could. When you do come to a point where you are having trouble, that's when you start using the forums, the google news groups, CPAN for modules, and although the O'Reilley line of books aren't perfect, I have found that they are very useful for almost any project you might want to tackle. Of course, instead of buying all the books I would search for online references or copies of those books first.

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