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•Re: Learning Perl?

by merlyn (Sage)
on Sep 05, 2003 at 19:34 UTC ( #289334=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Learning Perl?

I learned Perl by:
  • Staring at the manpage for Perl version 1
  • Staring at the manpage for Perl version 2 (all 10 pages of it)
  • Rewriting all my shell and emacs-lisp hacks as Perl
  • Answering questions in with Perl
  • Being on the alpha-test team for Perl version 3
  • Reading through the updated manpages for version 3 very carefully
  • Opening my mouth when Larry announced that he might write up some sort of additional documentation to say I'd help him with it, which eventually became the first Camel book
  • Studying Perl very deeply inside and out while writing that first Camel
  • Sending lots of emails to Larry
  • Writing about Perl incorrectly, only to be corrected by Larry
  • Writing a course for a california training company
  • Presenting said course
  • Turning the course into the first Llama book
  • Creating a different course from the Llama book
  • Presenting that course in front of tens of thousands of people over the years
  • Turning that course and others like it into the world's leading on-site and open-enrollment training company
  • Studying the "perldelta" manpage and diff -ru's of the sources very carefully as each new release comes out
  • Rewriting the camel once, and the llama twice
  • Contributing to the shiny ball book, and that OOP book from down under
  • Writing the alpaca book
  • Reviewing a dozen other Perl books
  • Working for a dozen clients over the years as a Perl hacker
  • Writing over 170 magazine articles
  • Answering 3000+ posts here
  • Answering an uncountable number of Usenet postings
  • Answering dozens of perl-beginner mailing list posts
  • Answering thousands of private emails
  • Attending 7 TPCs and 2 YAPCs and nearly 20 GeekCruises
  • Visiting roughtly a hundred different Perl Monger events
  • Hanging out with the boards of TPI and PM after founding them
  • Paying attention to's "recent module" list
  • Reading the more interesting module details from that list

And I still have a lot to learn.

-- Randal L. Schwartz, Perl hacker
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Re: •Re: Learning Perl?
by Notromda (Pilgrim) on Sep 05, 2003 at 21:52 UTC
    Lol! Thanks, merlyn, that made my day. Just goes to show that everyone learns in different ways... :)
Re: •Re: Learning Perl?
by thinker (Parson) on Sep 06, 2003 at 11:53 UTC

    So it's that easy!?

Re: •Re: Learning Perl?
by Anonymous Monk on Sep 06, 2003 at 04:22 UTC
    Well, shit. Why am I in school?
Re: •Re: Learning Perl?
by Anonymous Monk on Sep 06, 2003 at 01:46 UTC
    How did you founding PM?

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