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  • by clintp (2) on 2001.11.16 9:32 (#1908)
    I never have a problem with the $/@ distinction in my beginner's classes. I simply grind it into their heads that "$ always means 'one' of something". One element of an array, one item from a hash, and in the case of scalars it's self evident. Keeping the rules simple (at least to begin with), having a "catchphrase" that embodies the rule, and repeating it often works well.

    And as for Perl 6... I don't like scaring the novices with evil that hasn't yet come to pass.