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Re^3: How does one learn perl programming efficiently - if they do not come from computer science background?

by SuicideJunkie (Vicar)
on Nov 25, 2016 at 01:02 UTC ( #1176521=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^2: How does one learn perl programming efficiently - if they do not come from computer science background?
in thread How does one learn perl programming efficiently - if they do not come from computer science background?

If someone were to say you must write code in X (for any X), then I would immediately suspect them of not understanding computers.

That's like saying shoes are deprecated, you must commute to work using only a Tesla. Which specific language you use is less important than having the logic skills and knowledge that underlie everything.

For the car analogy, your language of choice can range from a pair of shoes to a bike, car, or stunt plane. They're all more and less useful in different situations, but can usually get you from point A to point B without excessive fuss. Logic and at least knowing of the existence of algorithms you can look up are like a sense of direction and the skill to read a map (and even the basic wisdom to keep control of your vehicle instead of watching a movie while the cruise control is set)

So, the analogy was fun and got away a bit, but IMO, the important point is less what language you know, but the breadth of math you know enough of to look up, and the logical patterns of thought to allow you to map your task into a series of solved problems.

Does that simplify down to "get a CS background"? Perhaps, but just from being around here for so long, it sounds like you've soaked up a some of it by osmosis.

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Re^4: How does one learn perl programming efficiently - if they do not come from computer science background?
by Your Mother (Archbishop) on Nov 25, 2016 at 02:14 UTC

    I like this but it has the side-effect of suggesting Python is the Tesla and Perl is shoes. Python is pair of correctional orthotics in square toed patent leather. Perl is a sweet, worn out pair of sneakers that fit and feel so nice you canít wait to take off whatever else you were forced to wear during the day and put them on.

      The main problems come in when that Tesla puts grooves on your nice whitespace kitchen flooring.

Re^4: How does one learn perl programming efficiently - if they do not come from computer science background?
by stevieb (Canon) on Nov 25, 2016 at 01:55 UTC

    I really like this reply. Got my heart beating reading about the factual realities that exist. Nice post.

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