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  • I've not used it much for GUI stuff, but I think PerlApp [] is great. I make simple installers with NSIS [] and I've never had any problems. I've shipped apps to a dozen or so companies (many who depend on it for the day to day running of their business). Perl saves the day again!

    Something that is on my todo is to learn wxWindows, so I can write stuff that will work on Linux/OS X/Windows. I attempted to learn it once but found the lack of documentation frustrating. I don't really have much of a choice as I've h

    • I have to confess that I also disagree with him from time to time. For example, in his latest article, he writes the following:

      Becoming proficient, really proficient, in just one programming world takes years. Sure, lots of bright teenagers learn Delphi one week and Python the next week and Perl the next week and think they are proficient.

      On the surface, I agree with that. I was certainly one of those cocksure "I can program anything" types and I faced my comeuppance once I started hanging out at Perl

      • This argument is also known as the "university education" argument.

        The idea being that in university you pick up your theoretical knowledge, all the concepts and ideas, and have some practical applications of said knowledge (usually in some either ancient or obscure language).

        With that knowledge, you can pick up any language.

        You then have the joy of adjusting to management who give 'fun' specifications.

        Others seem to think that theory is bunk and you become a good programmer merely by doing lots of programming (e.g. many teenagers and/or graphic design people who think HTML is a programming language and that PHP and/or JavaScript are all one needs to program anything; they're often the people who cut'n'paste rather than refactor). This has some merit (after many years of programming in ARM BASIC, I found I'd worked out OO from first principles), but damn if it doesn't take a long time and you're usually not as rounded or well-developed as someone who spent time specifically studying programming as a concept.
          ---ict / Spoon