Next meeting topic

Douglas E. Miles doug.miles at
Thu Sep 23 11:18:45 CDT 1999

Beaves at wrote:
> I think that instead of having a separate meeting for beginners and advanced,
> that we set aside about 10 to 15 minutes for a Perl Basics
> forum/discussion/presentation.  I know that even if the topic is a 'basic'
> one, that we could probably all contribute a lesson learned, and that we all
> coud probably learn something new and unusual about the topic.  With the Perl
> basic topic known, then we could all gather our thoughts on the issue and
> comeup with our own lessons learned, or come armed with questions that have
> been nagging us.  The topic should be very specific, as it'll end up
> branching out anyway...
> I would like to avoid having a beginners group, because I feel that we all
> probably have a few things to learn at many levels.  I would enjoy being
> involved in a 'entry level' discussion, but I would be hesitant to attend a
> meeting if the entire meeting were devoted to that level...
> Here are some topics that may work:
> Hashes, (No you can't smoke 'em, but they are smokin')
> @INC, %INC, and @ISA (Doesn't eveybody want to be included...?)
> Filehandles and  (No, you can't pick up chicks with em)
> AUTOLOAD, $AUTOLOAD, and autoloading.  (Not about deficating in a Chevy...)
> Symbol tables.
> References and dereferencing
> Just to name a few...
> So, to summarize, I think that we should devote a portion of each meeting to
> Perl basics.  If your strong in that area, then come prepared to talk and
> teach.  If you're weak in that area, then come prepare to listen, take notes
> and ask questions.

These point are well taken.  I think that the consensus is that we don't
split the meetings.  I agree.  That being said, I'd still like to have a
Perl 101 meeting next time, to sort of jump start some of the newer
people.  Can I see a show of emails for those who would be interested in
this topic next time?  If I find that the interest isn't there, I'll
change my mind.  Thanks for the feedback!

People understand instinctively that the best way for computer
programs to communicate with each other is for each of the them
to be strict in what they emit, and liberal in what they accept.
The odd thing is that people themselves are not willing to be
strict in how they speak, and liberal in how they listen.
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