Next meeting topic

Marty Bell mpjbell at
Thu Sep 23 19:03:54 CDT 1999

As a Perl Newbie, I'm for basics 101.  No need to split meetings.  I'll be
there (barring scheduling conflicts).

Marty Bell

At 09:18 AM 9/23/99 -0700, you wrote:
>Beaves at wrote:
>> I think that instead of having a separate meeting for beginners and
>> 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
>> coud probably learn something new and unusual about the topic.  With the
>> 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
>> 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.
>--Larry Wall, 2nd State of the Onion Address, August 1998
Marty Bell

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