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I love to code perl. If you want to hire me, see details on my homepage.
Monday July 26, 2004
11:08 AM

Learning C - wanting to run before I can walk

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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:

http://www.perlmonks.org/index.pl?node_id=195991

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

GRRRRRR

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