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Lost knowledge

by Bonker (Initiate)
on Nov 25, 2011 at 20:03 UTC ( #940125=perlmeditation: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

9 years have passed since my last Perl script. In that time, I've gotten married, and attained a BSEE degree. I miss Perl so I'm here to re-learn all that I've forgotten. Please be gentle. ;)

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Re: Lost knowledge
by eyepopslikeamosquito (Chancellor) on Nov 25, 2011 at 23:31 UTC

    A couple of recently published books will give you a feel for how far Perl has come in the past nine years:

    The web sites associated with these two books are also worth browsing.

    Update: Also note that the classic Programming Perl is finally being updated in a new fourth edition, due in December.

Re: Lost knowledge
by Anonymous Monk on Nov 25, 2011 at 20:25 UTC

    Nine years? Well, thanks to the magic of the internet, we now have Perl documentation online. Definitely add that to your bookmarks for quick reference.

Re: Lost knowledge
by starX (Chaplain) on Dec 02, 2011 at 02:41 UTC
    I feel ya, man. I haven't been gone quite that long, but it's been a very long time for someone who was hanging out here almost every day just a few short years ago. I would tell you it's like riding a bicycle, but I never learned how to do that :)
Re: Lost knowledge
by educated_foo (Vicar) on Dec 04, 2011 at 13:20 UTC
    Welcome back. Nowadays ("Modern") Perl, or at least the most vocal members of its "community," are less concerned with getting the job done than with style nits. It's still a great language if you ignore the BS, but there's a lot more BS to ignore.
Re: Lost knowledge
by sumeetgrover (Monk) on Dec 07, 2011 at 15:41 UTC

    Hope you have your own UNIX/Linux box to begin writing Perl scripts! Good luck.

    Here's the latest version of Perl:

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