So I’m working my way through Learning Perl. Figure it makes sense to hook up with the local PerlMongers. After missing a few monthly get-togethers, I finally attend my first meeting (nice bunch). How psyched was I when Randal Schwartz (Learning Perl author) shows up! He was even kind enough to have a look at some code I had written for one of the exercises (he liked it). I’m sticking with Perl.
I chose Perl as a first programming language because of the obvious utility in webdev. Also Perl is a useful all-around general tool. I like that I’ll be able to find a CPAN module for most anything, so I can be productive quicker. Perl seems to be a natural language for me, so far I seem to be in tune with Mr. Wall. Learning Perl is a great book. I try to do 15-20 minutes a night (at least). I’m through chapter 11, and moving quicker than I thought. The exercises are fun, I try to add something extra to each little script. However I feel like what I’m learning hasn’t fixed in my brain. So I bought brian d foy’s student workbook companion to Learning Perl. The plan is to finish Learning Perl, then work through the workbook.