[nSLUG] Fwd: Calling Perl Mongers, Monks and Mooks

Robin Murray nibor.yarrum at gmail.com
Tue Jun 4 15:13:39 ADT 2013

Just for the record, I would never try to discourage you from learning perl
if that's what your intent is, I think it's a very worth-while endevour. I
would discourage you however if you were trying to get something done
quickly without regard to the language. If you aren't already familiar with
perl's aggravating side, then I would recommend a simpler language, since I
know from experience how bald you can go when plowing around the learning

Hope you have fun with it!

Robin Murray
Hatchet Lake,
Nova Scotia

On Tue, Jun 4, 2013 at 2:03 PM, Joshua B. <joshua at bearsend.ca> wrote:

> Haha thanks for the advice (and reverse-psych encouragement).  I've
> been told the similar things.  One friend who has a phd in CS refused
> to even look at my perl projects or help me with anything unless I
> agreed to learn python.  Probably if I wanted to become a real
> programmer I'd follow the wise and prudent advice of my betters.  But
> actually I think I just want to play with perl for perl's sake.  I'm
> never going to be a "real" programmer.
> My favourite project right now  ("Master and Command-liner" --- a
> napoleonic nautical warfare game)  is prompting me to learn about OOP;
> the temptation to try python has crept back a few times. But I don't
> think I'll bite.  Just as I was about to despair of figuring out
> objects, someone told me to look up Moose and "Modern Perl"  ---
> giving me a new hope.  I haven't had the nerve to start yet but I
> will.
> I think the perl culture, Larry Wall,  the monks and commands like
> "bless" and "unless" that will keep me  on this path despite sage
> advice to abandon it.  And it's probably my desire for more contact
> with culture that prompted my email to this list.
> Thank you for all the responses so far!
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