I was also inspired by David Cross’s excellent book “Data Munging with Perl“, which taught me most of what I know about how to actually use the language. If he’d written a cross-language version of that book, I probably wouldn’t have bothered writing mine.
I finished the article that I mentioned last week and it’s now online. It’s an introduction to RSS and, in particular, how end users can read RSS feeds.
All comments are appreciated.
They say that if you want to be a writer then the important thing is to keep writing. And I’m certainly not going to disagree with them.
But I’ve been a bad writer recently and other than the witterings on this site I haven’t written anything for some considerable time. My last published works were two articles on perl.com almost a year ago. I seem to have spent most of the last year writing code rather than words.
So last night I decided to force myself to write something substantial. I spent a couple of hours working on a new article. And it all seemed to go very well. I’d forgotten how much fun it was to write. I got almost a thousand words written in that time. The article isn’t finished, but I hope to complete it by the end of the weekend, at which point I’ll put it on the web somewhere and post a link to it.
The best thing is that I’ve got ideas for a couple more articles too. So it looks like I’ll be spending quite a lot of the next couple of weeks writing. By the end of the month I’ll be complaining that I don’t spend enough time coding :)