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Raymond Wan
September 7, 2009 02:12
Re: Perl projects for beginners
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Hi Gabor,

Gabor Szabo wrote:
> As I think think the best way to learn Perl is tor practice a lot
> and the best place to practice is an open source project I wonder
> how can open source project become more beginner friendly?

Follow-up to Philip's message...but I didn't reply to his post since I 
wanted to highlight your comment here.

The best place to learn Perl [or "anything" for that matter] is to 
practice a lot.  Agreed.  "Best place to practice is an open source 
project" -- oh...I'm not so sure that is true.  Let's remove the phrase 
"open source"...even so, I'm not so sure that a project [which 
presumably has more than one person working on it] is the best way to 
learn Perl as you end up with the issues that Philip mentioned...issues 
with software engineering which will end up distracting people.

I think some (of course, not all) universities would teach a language or 
programming first by getting students to work alone.  And then a year or 
two later, put them into groups and then that's when the teachers go 
nuts.  :-)

There are a lot of beginner books (not just Perl) out there which 
sometimes have "Practice problems" at the end of the chapter.  I'm sure 
you could start with those if you want newbies to start with 
something...  Of course, a more Perl-oriented book would be ideal.


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