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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • I spend some one or two years at the university, but I was studying sociology and not computer science. When I started with Perl ~10 years ago, I learned all I needed from books like "Learning Perl" and "Advanced Perl Programming (1st Ed.)". In retrospect, my code from this time was horrible.

    Then I started to go to conferences (YAPC::Europe [yapceurope.org], German Perl Workshop, ..) where I learned a lot (not so much on Perl itself, but more on general development strategies, testing etc). It also helps to give talks, because preparing a talk gives you a good excuse to look very closely at a topic.

    The third foundation of my Perl knowlede is (or rather was) doing and decoding Obfuscations [perlmonks.org]. IMO Obfiscations teach a lot of interesting Perl, and doing things delibertaly wrong (from a design point of view) also teaches you how to do things right.

    Currently, I keep up to date by reading use.perl (and occasionally PerlMonks) and by keeping a close eye on new CPAN uploads. And by reading books & going to conferences...