De incunabula nostra (Was:The best book for an extreme Newbie to programming)
> From: Brian Gordon <microsteel@...> in forum haec scripsit hodie:Brian's braver than I am. Most ppl can recall a confusing and
> replying to Augustine <wadunn83@...>
> > I dunno whether ill get attacked for this or not but:
> > I am glad that I didn't try to program all at once with Perl. I would
> > have drowned. I went like this, in this order...
intermittent programming infancy but don't dare to relate the
gory details, even though discussion would be helpful (I'm
not sure where, though)
His is not wildly unusual for ppl those who began
in recent decade(s) and at an early age (single-digit)
But there's no "typical infancy" any more, if there ever was.
The metaphor of "drowning" is interesting. I have horrible
memories of early failure (but not with Perl, because of the
I'd like to say there's no real reason for fear, come in
the water's fine (at the shallow end) You won't drown
(unless you've made representations of skill or committments
beyond your capacity to fulfill in a fairly limited time.)
Or maybe another metaphor, flight, "ad astra per aspera"
Frustrations will crop up, all the time. The earlier flights
aren't long and you will crash. But it will be more enjoyable
long before your skills are stellar.
[BG, recalling a non-Perl language and one of its compilers...]
> > Big mistake. I started out my first programming language with the [a"This is the big hurdle: to leap over it you have to be able
> > well-regarded compiler] I just couldn't get the compiler to work and as
> > a result I never even got "Hello World!" to work.
to create the program text somewhere... run it, and find out
where your output went. With these mechanical difficulties
mastered everything else is comparatively easy." Brian
Kernighan and Dennis Ritchie, in a renowned non-Perl book 
This is one reason to recommend Perl. I've installed it from
a CD several times with no difficulty (although I prefer OSes
where it's a standard) Not on a Mac, though.
To recapitulate: text editor (or what you will), perl (lc, the
interpreter, vide perlfaq1), perl perl (and all the other
docs)... type the code, run it, and capture and read the error
messages. Repeat ad libitum...
 The C Programming Language, 2nd edition (1988)
Glossarium: incunabula, incunabulorum: infants' clothes; cradle; infancy
astrum, astri: star
asper, -era, -erum: stormy, harsh, rude, difficult
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