Every time I provide training somewhere I like to ask my students about their background and about their reasons to attend the class.
Unfortunately in corporate training I am usually shielded from the students up until the first day of the class so I cannot ask this question up front. Even more unfortunate that in many such cases the students actually don't really know why are they attending the class. The answers usually go along the lines of I have to maintain Perl scripts or I'll have to write Perl scripts or even that I was told to come to the class.
These people usually bring zero enthusiasm with themselves and will probably invest negative energy in actually making sense of what I am teaching.
Hence it is really refreshing to teach advanced classes such as the Test Automation using Perl where people usually already know what they want and why do they attend the class.
It is especially fun to teach classes around YAPCs or Perl workshops as then the students are also community aware. Many attend Perl Monger meetings, are using Perl Monks or chat on IRC.
That, along with the fact that this is a totally new class makes the Perl 6 training that I am going to give in Lisbon very promising. At least to me.
As an official version of Perl 6 has not yet been released and you cannot convince your boss to use it in production it was even more interesting to see why people take this class? I asked them my usual questions and most of them already answered.
As I think the answers can be interesting to others as well let me share some of them with you without any personal identification.
I'd really like to thank those who took the time to answer. I think this can provide a great feedback not only to me for the remaining preparations but to the Perl 6 developers as well.
Prior experience with Perl 6 ?
Why do you attend the course?
What kind of problems would you like to solve?
What are your expectations?
Here some of them really got carried away. I think I'll have to reduce their expectation quickly. Before we start the two days training.
Published on 2009-07-26 by Gabor Szabo