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Old 09-29-2009, 09:48 AM   #1
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I have an option of taking a Perl programming class or Veritas Clustering class. Which class do you think is worth taking more ?

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Depends who you are ant what you want to learn about doesn't it?? What's your job? Are you a script programmer who already knows Perl inside out? Are you trying to become one with little Perl knowledge? Or does clustering float your boat?? Or are you a surgeon?

Perl is generic. Vertias is specific. Choose perl.
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Perl programming and Veritas Clustering are quite different topics. The need to take a class usually means that you need to get introduced into the topic. Perl programming has a wider field of use, so I would suggest to go for that, unless your daytime job or some other important issue demands preference for the clustering topic.
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My WAG is that OP is looking to start / jump-start some sort of IT career..? I'd be inclined toward perl as well*. I may not like perl, but plenty of sysadmins do, so it's a good language to pick up.


* Unless you're looking to deploy a Veritas Cluster next month, that is.
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On the other hand, there are loads of...

books and online tutorials for learning Perl but having the opportunity (space and equipment) to set up a Veritas Cluster may be harder to arrange.

Ultimately, it depends upon what you are most likely to need to do next. My limited understanding is that Perl is very useful.

The above is from a noobie hobbiest, so take it for what it's worth.
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More or less repeating some of the advice from prev posts, but

1. if you have an upcoming requirement to use one of those skills, then do that course, its the sane thing.

2. if not, perl is much more widely applicable and you can do it at/for work (if allowed) and also at home. Its part of the std install.

With any tech subject, if you don't use it, especially after just having done the course, it'll fade fast. Tech skills need reinforcement.
You are extremely unlikely to have access to a Veritas cluster to work/play with unless it's part of your job...

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