The Perl Monks Guide to the Monastery
Welcome to PerlMonks, the Monastery of Perl. We hope your stay is long and enjoyable. You are probably wondering what this is all about. Hopefully this page will answer some of those questions.
PerlMonks is many things to many people, including:
- A medium for making Perl as non-intimidating to learn and as easy to use as possible
- A place for Perl programmers (such as you) to improve your skills and share your expertise
- A community which allows everyone to grow and learn from everyone else
Finding Your Way Around
First, the Monastery has some repositories of information useful to the Perl Monk, designed to help you get the most out of your experience here. Second, we have a number of areas, called sections, where people can post code, questions, and responses (known generically as "nodes") in a threaded forum-like format. As an adjunct to those sections, there are various views into the great node repository which assist you in finding nodes of interest to you — recently posted nodes, say, or meditations posted by a certain monk. Finally, we have an assortment of pages not easily classifiable elsewhere.
This is just an overview. Exhaustive documentation on every aspect of the PerlMonks web site can be found in the PerlMonks FAQ.
Tidings - What's New at PerlMonks.
Voting/Experience System - Many newcomers are confused by this aspect of PerlMonks. This should clear things up.
Seekers of Perl Wisdom - The place you can go when you have got a question on how to do something or are unsure why something just isn't working. Then other Perl Monks can offer you their wisdom and suggestions.
Meditations - Have you found out something amazing about Perl which you just need to share with everyone? Have you had a Perl epiphany, or found something in Perl which just blows your mind? This is the place for those neat little tricks and amazing discoveries.
PerlMonks Discussion - For discussions relating specifically to this web site, and how things work around here. For example, if you think the Monastery could be improved in some particular way, raise it for discussion here.
Categorized Questions and Answers - Our own ever-growing compendium of "frequently asked" Perl-related questions and their answers. If you're faced with a problem and you think it might be common enough that others have already solved it, then check here before you go posting to Seekers of Perl Wisdom.
Obfuscated code - Got code which would take a Perl grand master to understand? Post it here so we can stare at it in awe.
Perl Poetry - The name pretty much says it all.
Cool Uses for Perl - This is the place to share or show off your work of Perl prose. Posts can be of any size — from the brilliant one-liner to the work-horse module to the full-blown application program.
Reviews - If you are shopping around for the Perl module or book which is just right for your needs, read these reviews — written by your fellow Perl Monks — to help you make an informed decision.
Conversely, if you have used a module or read a book, and you think other Perl Monks might benefit from your experiences, please share them here by writing a review!
Perl News - Timely news and announcements for, and from, the Perl Monks, and from the wider Perl community.
Find Interesting Nodes
The Monastery Gates - The "default" page of the web site, it shows recent nodes from all sections which have been deemed most worthy of public exposure — the "face" of PerlMonks.
Super Search - Full-text and title searches, with additional filtering by section, age, author, and many other criteria.
Newest Nodes - An up-to-the minute listing of all the nodes which were created since "the last time you checked".
Recently Updated Home Nodes - Similar to Newest Nodes, a listing of the user homenodes which have been modified since "the last time you checked". (Note that only changes designated by their authors as "significant" will register in this list.)
Best Nodes - The top 10 nodes of the Day, the Week, and the Month, and the top 20 nodes of the Year.
Worst Nodes - The bottom 10 nodes of the Day, the Week, and the Month, and the bottom 20 nodes of the Year.
Saints in our Book - "Saints" here is more figurative, or honorary; this is a list of Monks who have at least 3000 experience points, which technically makes them Level 13: Curate, not Level 26: Saint.
The St. Larry Wall Shrine - A neat compendium of articles by and about the creator of Perl.
Offering Plate - If you find this place to be of value, you can show your appreciation by helping defray the costs of keeping the site up and running.
Awards - Accolades and other noteworthy public mentions of PerlMonks.
Code Catacombs (deprecated) - This was intended as a place to post full-blown programs and modules. As such, it was redundant with Cool Uses For Perl, but much interesting and useful code can still be found there.Craft (deprecated) - This was a place for perlsmiths to showcase their code. As such, it was redundant with Cool Uses For Perl, but it still makes an interesting read.
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