So two loose goals I have set for myself are:
1. Expand my ability/knowledge WRT Perl by looking at the source/guts/internals.
2. Contribute to Parrot in a meaningful way
Both of these tasks require C. Now having never matriculated into college (to be read nearly flunking out of high school), I have no formal training in software design/programming. I am self taught in what I do know and Perl was the first language that I ever got "good" at. I don't code for a living so I don't get the benefit of peers or learning that my solution to a problem was terribly inefficient - fix it or risk the consequences.
So learning C is H-A-R-D. I have taken too many things for granted in Perl and BASIC. My first program may be a bit ambitious but I feel I should be able to do this:
As you can see, my Perl wasn't that great after 2 months but I got the job done. I shouldn't be so hard on myself since I have only about 8 hours of learning C from TFM but still - this doesn't seem that hard.
read lines from a file into a bunch of arrays, program flow, modify array, write arrays back out to file - this isn't rocket science afterall