|The stupid question is the question not asked|
One-Eyed Kingsby davorg (Chancellor)
|on Oct 22, 2001 at 19:09 UTC||Need Help??|
In the Kingdom of the Blind, the One-Eyed Man is King.
Perlmonks is, of course, a great resource. It's a fantastic place for people to come and get help with Perl problems. I don't need to convince you of that fact, you already know that.
But, like much that is good about the Perl community, Perlmonks has a problem. The problem is that many of the people who need it most don't know about its existance. Out there in Script-Kiddie-Land, there are thousands of people who are using Perl and are unaware of the Perl community and how useful it could be to them. For every person who started with Learning Perl there are at least two who started with Perl and CGI for the World Wide Web or CGI Programming 101 and therefore didn't get the good start that most of us did.
I assume you all know this. What you might not know, is that many of these "less accurate" Perl books have their own support web pages. In these "Kingdoms of the Blind" people with very little Perl knowledge flounder about trying to help each other with their Perl problems.
I mention this because I've been frequenting the support pages for the two books that I mentioned above. I think that the presence of people who know more Perl can make a difference to these people. Already I've convinced a few people to start using strict and -w. More clueful people visiting can only be a good thing, so I'd like to encourage you to spend some time visiting these backwaters of the Perl universe.
If you're interested the support pages I was talking about are listed below:
"The first rule of Perl club is you don't talk about Perl club."