Interesting ... we just hired a new programmer and I recommended that he get an account here. His code seems good and solid and I definitely signed off on his code review. However, he has had no exposure to the Perl community. Personally, I was rather surprised by that as I've noticed that there tends to be a correlation between code quality and exposure to the community (and I don't just mean Perlmonks).
I have had the same experience as you regarding self-improvement since I've come to this site. I've heard some complain about the signal to noise ratio or they think that the Monks are too dogmatic, but while I would choose different labels, I wouldn't disagree with those statements: these qualities often foster spirited debate and when I get to read long threads of pros and cons of a particular thing, I actually have a chance to see a variety of viewpoints. When's the last time you saw that in some dusty ol' computer book? :)
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