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Re: Still unconvinced, sorry

by aquacade (Scribe)
on Aug 12, 2001 at 22:42 UTC ( #104290=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Still unconvinced, sorry
in thread New sections and move one

I agree with you completely, from your point of view! The very new users I'm thinking of are coming from VB, Java, C, or whatever, could use a "crutch" to get their job done UNTIL they themselves are as you put it "experienced Perl programmers."

Please step "outside the box" for just a moment where as a new Perl user I'm trying to build a mental bridge from any other programming language to Perl while resynthesizing this knowledge into working code to, in my example stay gainfully employed.

The subroutines would not only point someone toward WHAT they need to lookup in the Camel and learn, but eliminate the thrashing around with 'how in the heck can I do THAT in Perl.'

You are greatly respected. Enough that you were a valued reviewer of the new 3rd Llama. I defer to you and other elder wise Monks regarding the value of a "Subroutine Library" section. What I showed is not meant to be a module, but four separate routines showing HOW it could be done in Perl.

Other personal examples I've needed are: to commatize an integer or float, to round to whole dollars (not trunc), to right or left pad string or number, and so on. Yes I can, with much effort, research, and embarassment, eventually find an answer. I envision the "Subroutine Library" as a companion link to the "New2Perl" link for new Perl users not experts.

As a contrite Monk, I can only petition for change. I love this site and and thankful for the help I'm receiving. Thanks again for sharing your perspectives!

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Re: Re: Still unconvinced, sorry
by $code or die (Deacon) on Aug 12, 2001 at 23:17 UTC
    Other examples I've needed are commatize a number, right/left pad string or number, etc., etc..

    Most of these things exist in the Q&A Section. For these sorts of things, I don't think that we need a new section - they either fall under the category of snippet or Q&A.

    I think that simply reorganising the top menu bar would help new users more than adding even more categories. There has been a lot of talk over the past few months about guides for new users, new user ettiquette etc, but the main problem with all of that was education - new users need to know where to find info. We don't need to create extra things for this, but perhaps just oganise things a little differently.

    Most users have grown accustomed to where to look for things, where to post things, how not to behave etc... but only through experience. I suggest something like the following (structure-wise, I know the design sucks...):

      Site tools Getting help (serious)? Stuff Peer review Fun  
    Monastery Gates Super Search Q & A PerlMonks Discussion Snippets CUFP Newest Nodes
    My Homenode Help Tutorials Meditations Code Obfu  
    Log out Library Seekers of Perl Wisdom Perl News Reviews Poetry Offering Plate


    It should only require a change to a couple of html templates. Importantly, it places less of an emphasis on SOPW, showing that there may be answers already to the question. Also, it should reduce the number of "I need help with foo" posts to discussions and meditations.

    Update: Ok, since this is some-way down the discussion, the indentation makes it look really stupid. But remember I'm talking about layout rather than design. If anyone else thinks this might be useful, we could perhaps start a new discussion and thrash out a design we all like. I don't know what vroom's schedule is like these days, but it should only be a 5 minute copy-and-paste - from my limited familiarity of Everything

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Re: Re: Still unconvinced, sorry
by footpad (Monsignor) on Aug 12, 2001 at 23:23 UTC

    While tilly's perfectly capable of defending himself, I thought I'd point out that there are fewer people able to think outside the box as quickly or clearly as he can. He brings up a fair point; CPAN is more than a module resource, it's also a resource for well (and badly) written code.

    As I'm sure you've noticed by now, we don't like handing out crutches. Programmers have to solve a lot of different types of problems in very different ways, especially Perl programmers. What might be an effective hack for an administrator would be completely inappropriate for a public CGI script. What works on one OS needs a different approach on another. And so on.

    Thus, we prefer to help people learn to build their own solutions, the solutions appropriate for their given specific task and needs. While certain idioms and solutions can be generalized for different situations, these are either a) trivial or b) few and far between. The ones that can be "universally" applicable have already been documented, either in the O'Reilly books, the POD, our archives, and other good resources.

    For example, you asked for:

    Other examples I've needed are commatize a number, right/left pad string or number, etc., etc..

    Guess what. You already have these in a book that you either own or have read in the bookstore; specifically Llama3. There's a very good discussion of commatizing numbers in one of the later chapters, along with a number of discussions of formatting using printf and sprintf. If you've haven't finished the book, yet, hang in there. You'll find starting places for what you're looking for.

    Note: (If you need the page numbers, /msg me. My copy's at work and I'll look them up tomorrow. Since the index of the book was written before the prose, I suspect you can find these discussions using the index.)

    Don't forget that the archives contain a number of discussions from people solving the same problems. The code is in here; you just have to take the initiative, invest in your own learning curve, and suit your code to the action. Experience is the best teacher and you gain experience through practice.

    If you don't, then how will you learn and truly master Perl?

    --f

      Updated:
      Thanks! Yes I'm now reading the 3rd Llama (on page 55 now) and look forward finishing it. I now own a current edition of every O'Reilly book written about Perl. I'm still learning where to look for what in the documentation and books and websites.

      I'm still learning the Perl Monks culture, but not understand it very well as yet. I'm doing pretty good at learn Perl, thanks in part to a few good Monks. I understand I have to pay my dues to learn Perl like others before me. I'm here for the long haul no matter what!

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