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YAPC::EU 2010 - The Renaissance of Perl



Mentoring Perl Beginners: Tales from Coaching Colleagues

Mentoring Perl Beginners: Tales from Coaching Colleagues

By Smylers from northwestengland.pm
Date: Friday, 6 August 2010 10:00
Duration: 20 minutes
Target audience: Any
Language: English

People new to Perl often see it quite differently from those of us who've been using it for years. Recently I've been mentoring some Perl beginners, developers who have joined our team with with experience in a variety of languages but none in Perl.

This has been an enlightening experience all round, something which this talk hopes to convey.

It covers some of the stumbling blocks, and which aspects of Perl the converts found themselves grappling with first. This led to teaching things in a quite different order from traditional Perl books and courses, and the talk examines why this may be.

The talk also looks at the impact of related non-Perl technologies on the mentoring — how much was spent dealing with things such as editors, shells, and databases.

Hopefully this talk will make you think about how ‘outsiders’ see Perl, contemplate whether the Perl community should be doing anything differently, and perhaps inspire you to consider hiring a non-Perl developer for your Perl team (or to vow never to do so!).

Attended by: Sébastien Aperghis-Tramoni (‎Maddingue‎), José Castro (‎cog‎), Stefano Rodighiero (‎larsen‎), Aaron Crane (‎arc‎), Barbie, JJ Allen, Dave Cross (‎davorg‎), Lars Thegler (‎tagg‎), Gabor Szabo (‎szabgab‎), Abe Timmerman (‎abeltje‎), Smylers, osfameron, Stefan Seifert (‎Nine‎), Paul van Eldijk (‎pavel‎), Bálint Szilakszi (‎szbalint‎), Carl Mäsak (‎masak‎), Markus Pinkert (‎Bedivere‎), Roman Baumer (‎rba‎), Damon Davison (‎allolex‎), Olivier Mengué (‎dolmen‎), Wendy Van Dijk (‎woolfy‎), Chisel Wright, Henrik Andersen (‎HEM‎), Peter Makholm (‎brother‎), Alexander Hartmaier (‎abraxxa‎), Patrick Michaud (‎Pm‎), Andrew Shitov (‎ash‎), Thomas Heine, Daniel Brunkhorst, David Leadbeater (‎dg‎), Lars Dɪᴇᴄᴋᴏᴡ 迪拉斯 (‎daxim‎), Marco Fontani (‎mfontani‎), Maciej Czekay (‎Bruno‎), Joerg Meltzer (‎codeacrobat‎), Henrik Hald Nørgaard, menozero, Michele Valzelli, lorenzo, valerio crini, Alex Muntada (‎alexm‎), Oliver Thieke (‎o-thieke‎), Frederico Recsky (‎Frederico‎), Alan Haggai Alavi (‎alanhaggai‎), Gabi Hack (‎gabimuc‎), Marko Zagožen (‎mzagozen‎), Johannes Plunien (‎plu‎), Moritz Lenz (‎moritz‎), Sawyer X, Giel Goudsmit,

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