Grenades, chainsaws, tarpits, and newbies

Grenades, chainsaws, tarpits, and newbies

By brian d foy from NY.pm
Date: Tuesday, 4 August 2009 11:40
Duration: 40 minutes
Target audience: Beginning Perl
Language:
Tags: beginner dangerous


You might think twice about giving a kid a chainsaw and pointing him at a forest, but not too many people think about giving a beginner a copy of Learning Perl and pointing her at a keyboard. Left alone, both situations can get very ugly really fast. With a little bit of guidance on how to use Perl, newbies don't have to hurt themselves.

This isn't another Perl Best Practices talk or a bunch of Perl syntax; a first week Perl user isn't that far along yet. This is how to think about Perl, or any programming language, even before you get started.


Attended by: Sébastien Aperghis-Tramoni (‎Maddingue‎), Nicholas Clark, Leo Lapworth (‎Ranguard‎), Dave Cross (‎davorg‎), Abe Timmerman (‎abeltje‎), H.Merijn Brand (‎Tux‎), Roberto Henríquez, Marco Neves (‎themage‎), geira, David H. Adler (‎dha‎), Hermen Lesscher, Søren Lund (‎slu‎), Flavio Poletti (‎polettix‎), Martin Schipany (‎ElCondor‎), Piers Cawley (‎pdcawley‎), Jörg Plate (‎Patterner‎), Damian Conway (‎damian‎), Aristotle, Bartosz Jakubski (‎migo‎), Patrick Michaud (‎Pm‎), Thomas Heine, Edmund von der Burg (‎evdb‎), Jozef Kutej (‎jozef‎), Lars Dɪᴇᴄᴋᴏᴡ 迪拉斯 (‎daxim‎), Jose Neta (‎jpn‎), Hugo Costa, Stig Palmquist (‎stigtsp‎), Troels Liebe Bentsen (‎tlbdk‎), Cosimo Streppone (‎cosimo‎), Darius Jokilehto, Wendy Van Dijk (‎woolfy‎), Lech Baczyński (‎lechu‎), Henrique Alves (‎Halves‎), Cláudio Valente, MartijnVdS, Panu Ervamaa (‎pnu‎), Francisco Lourenço (‎fml‎), Paul Fenwick (‎pjf‎), Jordi Delgado (‎jdelgado‎), Rafael Antonio (‎RA‎), Armando Reis (‎AReis‎), Petru Ratiu (‎rpetre‎), Marco Baan (‎pzt‎), Oliver Thieke (‎o-thieke‎), Luis Rodrigues (‎goblin‎), Cosmin Budrica (‎cosmincx‎), Marcos Ramos (‎x‎), Canol Gokel, Tiago Grego, Sergio Arias, Ricardo Vercesi (‎rvercesi‎), Stelios Gikas (‎sgikas‎), Diogo Antunes, Sérgio Bernardino (‎smpb‎),