in reply to The Best Way to learn Perl?

My only expertise is in the mistakes one makes along the path to righteousness :S

If I could send myself of two years ago one message it would be use Modules;. I resisted this for ages, which was mad. (A) The effort of learning how to use CPAN and its contents is *tiny* compared to the effort one saves by letting the Great Ones who compose these modules do one's work for one. (B) One actually learns a lot through learning to work with good modules.

Starting out it's easy to fall into the trap of "hell, I'll write that myself, I haven't got time to figure out this CPAN business". Let me assure you, if you have this thought, it's almost certainly a mistake, even when, on mature consideration you think in *this* case it's not.

George Sherston

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Re^2: The Best Way to learn Perl?
by Aristotle (Chancellor) on Oct 17, 2002 at 13:08 UTC
    Yep. Once you are even vaguely familiar with using modules, figuring out another one will be a breeze. Even if you still insist on coding things yourself, you can learn tons from reading CPAN module sources. There's a multitude of reasons in favour and not really against perusing CPAN.

    Makeshifts last the longest.