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by McDarren (Abbot)
on Aug 13, 2005 at 14:58 UTC ( [id://483556]=user: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

It's occurred to me recently that in my forty-odd years on this planet I've been to a few places and done a few things that some people might find vaguely interesting. So I figured that I may as well inflict a few of those on any poor unsuspecting souls that stumble across this page. I may add to this list from time to time as I recall things.

Google Earth Monks is something that a few people have found amusing. It has a homepage here.

I'm Australian, but I've lived in Singapore for the past ~567 years. I work for a company that does, er.. stuff. I used to manage their NOC, but now I do other stuff. It's kinda fun.

I'm not a professional programmer by any stretch of the imagination. I'm more what you would term a Perl enthusiast. Which of course means that I know just enough to be dangerous :)

Apart from being addicted to Perlmonks, I also devour Perl books. These are the ones I currently own:

  • Programming Perl - 3rd Edition (Wall, Christiansen & Orwant). If you only ever buy one Perl book, then it should be this one. (And that's been scientifically proven :p)
  • Perl Best Practices - (Conway). After The Camel, this is my 2nd favourite. Being mostly self-taught, and not really coming from a programming or development background - this book was a godsend for me. It taught me how to write code that others could read and maintain - even myself!
  • Perl Cookbook - (Christiansen & Torkington). Another of my favourites. Plenty of useful stuff inside.
  • Learning Perl - 4th Edition (Schwartz). Like many others, this is the one I started with.
  • Perl 5 Pocket Reference - 3rd Edition (Vromans). Very handy for when you just need to look something up quickly.
  • Advanced Perl Programming - 2nd Edition (Cozens). This one was not quite what I expected it to be. Rather than teaching advanced techniques, it focuses more on how to use modules to get various jobs done. Perhaps there's a message there :)
  • Intermediate Perl - (Schwartz, foy & Phoenix). I only recently acquired this one, and I really wish I had bought it a year or so ago. All that time I spent tearing my hair out trying to grok references :/
  • Perl Hacks - (chromatic, Conway & Poe). Great book!
  • Programming the Perl DBI - (Descartes & Bunce). Okay, I'll admit that this is probably the only one I bought just because it had "Perl" in the title. And because it's published by O'Reilly. And because Tim Bunce is the co-author. What more needs to be said? It's gotta be a great book and I'm sure I'll find a use for it one day :)
  • CGI Programming with Perl - (Guelich, Gundavaram & Birznieks). I do my fair share of CGI s‎crip‎ting, so this one was a must have.
  • Randal Schwartz's Perls of Wisdom - (Schwartz). A collection of magazine articles from the wizard himself. I bought this one quite some time ago, before I was aware that all of his articles are available online. But I'm still glad I have it :)
  • Higher Order Perl - (Dominus). I have to admit that a lot of the material in this book is way out of my league. I've been working my way through it for several months now. It's tough going.
  • Web Development with Apache and Perl - (Petersen).
  • Perl Core Language - Little Black Book - 2nd Edition (Holzner). This one I'm not so sure about. It's got plenty of good stuff, but some of the techniques seem a little dodgy. I don't know if I would recommend it - certainly not to somebody new to Perl.
  • Mastering Regular Expressions - (Friedl). Not strictly a Perl book, but an absolute must have for any serious Perl programmer.
(I've bought 4 or 5 about a dozen more since I compiled this list, and I'll add them in when I get sufficiently motivated).

One day I'd like to become a CPAN author. I'm not yet, because:

  • a) I don't consider myself proficient enough, and
  • b) I haven't yet found anything I'd like to write a module for :)

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