For 2023 - we are now fully retired from IT training.
We have made many, many friends over 25 years of teaching about Python, Tcl, Perl, PHP, Lua, Java, C and C++ - and MySQL, Linux and Solaris/SunOS too. Our training notes are now very much out of date, but due to upward compatability most of our examples remain operational and even relevant ad you are welcome to make us if them "as seen" and at your own risk.
Lisa and I (Graham) now live in what was our training centre in Melksham - happy to meet with former delegates here - but do check ahead before coming round. We are far from inactive - rather, enjoying the times that we are retired but still healthy enough in mind and body to be active!
I am also active in many other area and still look after a lot of web sites - you can find an index ((here))
Use standard Perl modules
If you're writing a piece of code and you think "surely someone has done this before", then you're probably right. Chances are that someone has written the code, debugged it, tested it, documented it, and may even maintain it and have a lot of facilities that you would love to have but cannot justify in terms of your development time. And with Open Source, chances are that you'll be able to use the code that's already been written by someone else!
As well as built-in functionallity, Perl is supplied with a wide range of very commonly required modules - things like Time::Local for converting times from seconds, minutes, hours, day, month, year into a number of seconds from 1.1.70 (so that you can calculate with times). There's a further wide variety available on the CPAN at www.cpan.org
, and probably even more in your own organisation. And don't forget standard appliactions either - such as YaBB which we use for our forum and Movabletype which I use for these daily writings. (written 2005-06-25, updated 2006-06-05)
Associated topics are indexed as below, or enter http://melksh.am/nnnn for individual articlesP219 - Perl - Libraries and Resources 
Talk review - Idiomatic Perl, David Cross - (2004-10-12) 
Avoid the wheel being re-invented by using Perl modules - (2004-11-08) 
Where do Perl modules load from - (2005-06-24) 
Why reinvent the wheel - (2006-05-06) 
Coloured text in a terminal from Perl - (2006-05-29) 
Self help in Perl - (2006-06-14) 
Judging the quality of contributed Perl code - (2007-06-06) 
Outputting numbers as words - MySQL with Perl or PHP - (2007-06-17) 
Ordnance Survey Grid Reference to Latitude / Longitude - (2007-10-14) 
Using English can slow you right down! - (2007-11-25) 
About dieing and exiting in Perl - (2008-11-01) 
Debugging and Data::Dumper in Perl - (2008-11-02) 
Do not re-invent the wheel - use a Perl module - (2009-06-11) 
Loading external code into Perl from a nonstandard directory - (2009-06-12) 
Operator overloading - redefining addition and other Perl tricks - (2009-09-27) 
Syncronise - software, trains, and buses. Please! - (2010-08-22) 
Expect in Perl - a short explanation and a practical example - (2010-10-22) 
The week before Christmas - (2010-12-23) 
What do I mean when I add things in Perl? - (2011-08-02)
Some other Articles
The ireallyreallywanna operatorBinary Large Objects or barsSpring turns to SummerChicken soup without the religionUse standard Perl modulesSudoku helper or sudoku cheatContext in PerlBallooning from BathWimbledon Neck
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