A Home for Perlmongers
Nope, not a spelling mistake, Perl the programming language.
On my ever expanding to do list, written in red and underlined heavily is the line which reads “learn programming” – a worthy goal, I’m sure you’ll agree. But what language? There are stacks of the bloody things and every single one has a list of reasons to/not to learn them as long as your arm. The problem, as I see it, is that most help sites for these languages are heavily staffed by very experienced programmers and the newbie may be embarrassed or scared to ask the question “I want to learn, I know nothing, where do I start?” Many times you’ll be told to think of a program you would like to use and then write it. Which is pretty unhelpful – you may not have a program in mind or, more likely, what you want to do is so complex that you don’t know where to start.
There are loads and loads of pages on the web and loads of books out there (O’Reilly has a comprehensive selection), but you may just want to have a place to go and discuss things and get help. So, my old mate Drew has started such a site. PerlQuestions (which has been on my links page for ages) is now up and running and accepting members. Drew saw a niche and filled it. The site is set to create a friendly, knowledgeable community centred on the Perl programming language – which is a laudable aim.
Obligatory Links List:
- Perl.com (hosted by O’Reilly)
- The Perl Directory
- The Comprehensive Perl Archive Network (CPAN)
- Perl on Wikipedia
- A Perl Tutorial from Leeds University (in the UK)
- The PerlQuestions site again
So there you go, neither of us has any reason not to learn Perl!