|Perl Monk, Perl Meditation|
Yeah .. my only two computer science courses were in FORTRAN (WATFIV/S, specifically) and COBOL during the '76/'77 academic year at Waterloo. After that it was whatever I learned whatever I needed to get the job done, with an occasional visit to K&R's excellent Guide to C Programming, and then learning on the job.
My degree in engineering helps -- learn whatever you need to, in order to get the job done -- that rule has served me well throughout my career.
Really, it comes down to practice. I applied for a remote job about a year ago, and took the full week to do their 'Write us some code' example. Yes, I was out of practice. I plan to revisit that exercise to see how I could do it better.
Finally, like anything else, you need to be continually learning. I got an idea for a module yesterday, and went home to spend a few hours bashing up a prototype, which led me to a dark corner of Perl I'd never seen before (Symbol and qualify_to_ref). Fascinating. You need to always be stretching yourself.
PS Welcome to the Monastery! Becoming a member here has helped my Perl immensely, and I believe I've helped a few others.
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