I am not quite sure what to say. I'm a novice at perl, but a long time programmer.
Just taking my first steps in the community.
I am a Myers-Briggs INTJ (per here).
Apparently, I'm an Mayers-Briggs INFJ. Why not "thinking"? I don't know. I did put some stuff in the middle because in some communities I'll be one extreme and in another the other. At least it says I'm "deep". :)
Hi jctl. I'm just starting in the community also. I did Perl over 6 years ago, but have mainly been a C++ developer with brief detours to C# and Java, until recently when I switched back to Perl. What is your background, if you don't mind me asking, and what is your impression of the language and the community so far compared to where you come from?
Welcome to Perl. Here are some links you might find useful:
Welcome to the community!
I'm jnap on many of the various irc channels, feel free to ping me if you need some help.
It appears I am INTP
I am a typical java/C++/python hack, basically what I learned in school. My impression of the perl community so far is that it is not filled with students (vs. say Java), more in depth analysis coming..
Welcome! I've been around Perl for five years and only have good things to say about the language and the community. I had dabbled with Perl for a couple of years, but when I decided to switch from Matlab to Perl for my data analysis, I did a complete immersion. As a result, I think that many little things that give novice Perl programmers trouble when they start did not give me so much trouble. The more reading you can do up-front, the better.
In addition to shawnhcorey's suggestions, highly recommend you read Learn Perl in about 2 hours 30 minutes. It's slightly antagonistic towards Perl, but it covers a lot of ground and is well suited to somebody who is an experienced programmer in other languages. This and other Perl tutorials can be found at perl-tutorial.org. I'm sure that many others in the community will have suggestions for getting off to a good start, so don't be shy asking for opinions!
Finally, it's worth mentioning that PerlMonks and Stack Overflow both offer great places to find excellent answers to various Perl questions, as well as a place to ask your own. In contrast to blogs.perl.org, they offer a forum style of interaction.
I'm looking forward to reading how things progress!
I blog about Perl, I guess.