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My way to becoming a Perl
programmer
Sysadmin in a small company
+ Interesting at first (before everything was set
up)
- Just boring after that
- No progress
-...
I already knew some Perl and liked
something about it...
● magic (JAPHs are usually unreadable puzzles,
but they are worki...
Searched for Perl on the Internet
● found videos of YAPC::Russia 2008
● spent a lot of time watching them
– it was so exci...
YAPC::Russia 2009
● Came to it
● Heard a lot of interesting talks
● Met many wonderful and smart people
– still was too sh...
Small freelance jobs
● Learned bits of DBI, CGI, Sympa, TT, LWP,
CGI::Application, etc.
● Prepared for something bigger
– ...
Traces of financial crisis of 2008
● Many people in Russia were fired
● 2 sysadmins is too many for the small company
● es...
Choosing the job
● Delphi or C# or Java programmer?
● Sysadmin in another company?
or probably...
● Perl developer?!?!?
– ...
Choosing the job
● Delphi or C# or Java programmer?
● Sysadmin in another company?
or probably...
● Perl developer
– give ...
Working remotely
● Couldn't / didn't want to relocate
– Even to Amsterdam (and booking.com was
probably also small at that...
Promoting Perl is good!
● Organize more wonderful conferences and
workshops!
● Sponsor newbies!
● Create more Perl jobs!!!...
Thank you!
Ilya Chesnokov <chesnokov.ilya@gmail.com>
Kiev, YAPC::EU 2013
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My way-to-perl

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My way-to-perl

  1. 1. My way to becoming a Perl programmer
  2. 2. Sysadmin in a small company + Interesting at first (before everything was set up) - Just boring after that - No progress - No perspectives - Started to hate other people + Had a time to learn something new
  3. 3. I already knew some Perl and liked something about it... ● magic (JAPHs are usually unreadable puzzles, but they are working Perl programs!) ● eliteness (kind of) ● power of expression – do in 1 line what you would do in 5 lines in other languages ● ease of use (when you know it)
  4. 4. Searched for Perl on the Internet ● found videos of YAPC::Russia 2008 ● spent a lot of time watching them – it was so exciting! – I never realized people would do something similar! – smart people! ● realized that the next YAPC::Russia will be in about week or two and registered – and it was free to visit!
  5. 5. YAPC::Russia 2009 ● Came to it ● Heard a lot of interesting talks ● Met many wonderful and smart people – still was too shy to talk with most of them :) ● but found someone who hired anyway =) ● Played the “imagine the future” game ● Was very excited ● Wrote a small blogpost about it (never wrote blogposts before)
  6. 6. Small freelance jobs ● Learned bits of DBI, CGI, Sympa, TT, LWP, CGI::Application, etc. ● Prepared for something bigger – read the books – tried to do small testing tasks ● But still needed a kick in the ass to leave my job
  7. 7. Traces of financial crisis of 2008 ● Many people in Russia were fired ● 2 sysadmins is too many for the small company ● especially when everything works like a charm =) ● And the other sysadmin was the boss'es nephew =)
  8. 8. Choosing the job ● Delphi or C# or Java programmer? ● Sysadmin in another company? or probably... ● Perl developer?!?!? – it's so exciting! ● and well paid =)
  9. 9. Choosing the job ● Delphi or C# or Java programmer? ● Sysadmin in another company? or probably... ● Perl developer – give one, please! – remotely
  10. 10. Working remotely ● Couldn't / didn't want to relocate – Even to Amsterdam (and booking.com was probably also small at that time) – or to Moscow – or somewhere else (Odessa? :) ● and no one invited me at that time =)
  11. 11. Promoting Perl is good! ● Organize more wonderful conferences and workshops! ● Sponsor newbies! ● Create more Perl jobs!!! – hire newbies (also remotely) – teach them to program Perl – guide and appreciate them
  12. 12. Thank you! Ilya Chesnokov <chesnokov.ilya@gmail.com> Kiev, YAPC::EU 2013

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