I stated in an article some time back that a challenge in learning is that the knowledge setting experts apart from novices isn’t explicitly known by either – it’s tacit knowledge. Since that was about learning Perl, I just want to bring attention to this good series of blog posts by chromatic under the header “From Novice To Adept”, as they fill in a bit of this gap:

And a bonus: Essential Skills For Perl 5 Programmers.

Are there any other good resources out there expicitly aiming at taking novices to the next level – or is that just when general “documentation” takes over as learning instruments? What’s it like in other languages?

Also, while updating with Perl news, scruffy old perl.org has become dashing new perl.org!

Updated with new articles March 8, 2010.

One thought on “Accelerate your Perl learning 2: From novice to adept

  1. Trevor says:

    I would say that studying the documentation is one way to get to the next level, but only if your brain is wired that way that you can absorb vast quantities of data. When I learn a new computer language I first read half a book on the language, play around to make sure I am able to reproduce the grammar well enough to get it to work, and then use Google and assume that something probably exists that does the kind of think I want to do. This may produce the answer I need, or it may not and in which case I either learn why not or find no answer. If I discover why something does not work, I rework my concept of the language, while if I find no answer I am probably attempting something new and this may either be a good or bad thing, it might lead to success or having to find another concept to deal with whatever I am attempting to do.
    The point is that I am not a specialist in a single subject, my skills are not high craft in programming, but I do use programming well enough to demonstrate where a design should be going. Therefore, is a good programmer one with excellent code skills or one with excellent code conceptual design skills? Are all programmers able to deploy both skill types equally well, and do they need to?
    My point is that we might find that the code-skill programmer will progress successfully through the documentation, while the conceptual design programmer may use it as little more than a refined lucky dip. For the latter, a good resource may be nothing more than a piece of information that opens a doorway, and this information might come from anywhere, any field, any discipline.

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