[Courses] Perl list active

Jacinta Richardson jarich at perltraining.com.au
Fri Jun 10 05:46:18 UTC 2011

Jacinta Richardson wrote:

> I hadn't given it a lot of thought.  Probably intermediate.  Has basic
> programming skills, wants to (re)learn Perl syntax and idioms.  Very
> happy for suggestions.

A few people have contacted me off list and asked whether I'll be covering how
to program.  I haven't given this a lot of thought, but rather than just
replying individually with the same thing I thought I'd summarise my thoughts
about that here.

I have lots of experience in teaching Perl.  My plan is actually to walk this
course through parts of my training course with reference to the exercises
there, and mostly using this as a forum to cover the things I'd normally *say*.
 This is easy for me and involves an imaginable investment of time.

I have very little experience in teaching how to program.  I have no
pre-prepared materials for how to program.  While we get non-programmers on our
courses, and many of them do quite well (especially the ones which ask all the
questions), we do not target non-programmers as our audience.  Writing a how to
program will require a lot more work on my behalf and as a consequence will
probably never get underway.  On the other hand, I'd be delighted if
non-programmers read along and tried things, and asked questions about concepts
etc.  A motivated student could probably learn programming at the same time as
learning about Perl.


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