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From Simon Forster <>
Subject To learn perl... [was: decline and fall of modperl?]
Date Thu, 26 Mar 2009 11:35:34 GMT

On 25 Mar 2009, at 18:23, David Ihnen wrote:

>> They've also told me that they know that perl is harder to learn  
>> than PHP.
>> What can I tell them? That it is not true?
> Yes, but you may or may not be right.  We all agree that coming into  
> perl is confusing - too much old data about how to do things is out  
> there in the world.  That makes it harder to learn - not because the  
> language is harder to learn - but because its not clear what the  
> proper way to learn it is.

And what is the proper way? I've futzed about in a number or languages  
- including perl - but only at a very basic level with perl. I've got  
some web stuff to do and thought that having a go with perl may be a  
pleasant diversion. At the moment it looks like I'll be using Catalyst  
and Mason to help with the job - but what are the pratfalls to avoid -  
or the good practice to follow (use strict and warnings :-)

As an outsider, perl is its own worst enemy. Its proud boast is that  
there's more than one way of doing things (so show me a language where  
that's not true) while not really showing a good way. I accept that a  
chunk of this is style / taste / choice but a few pointers along the  
lines of "that way the road is quite straight and smooth" would help  
quite a lot.

I guess I'm asking for a magic formula which doesn't exist and that I  
should just bloody well get on and do it but I'll ask anyway.



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