Not quite a wasted day

First day at the new office today. They didn’t have a computer for me. Many professions would not be phased by this. Being a computer programmer, it pretty well wrecked my day. I spent the day, instead, reading a fine book on programming in Perl. I learned some neat tricks I intend to use in the future.

With any luck, I’ll have a computer tomorrow. Cross your fingers.


3 Responses to “Not quite a wasted day”

  1. Kevin
    18. November 2003 at 00:54

    share one of the tricks for us fellow PERL programmers who might learn something!

  2. Rob Worley
    18. November 2003 at 08:56

    Here’s a great Perl trick: use PHP instead.

    Good luck at the new digs, Augie!

  3. Augie De Blieck Jr.
    18. November 2003 at 11:41

    Thanks, Rob! And I do like PHP, also. I’ve played with it a little bit at home. I even own the COOKBOOK. It’s a lot of fun for developing web-based database apps. But for the day-to-day stuff around here, Perl is where it’s at.

    And Kevin –> For one thing, I discovered the stark simplicity of the File::Basename standard module, which simplifies greatly the task of separating a filename from its path. Granted, my regular expression code I was using was beautiful in its simplicity, but calling a subroutine is always easier and better-looking.

    Aside from that, I’ve learned a lot about object oriented coding and obscure reference tricks that I’ll probably never need. I do, however, finally understand the need for anonymous subroutines, a concept that once seemed completely foreign and pointless to me.