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Re: proposal for the Claerification Code section

by Django (Pilgrim)
on Sep 25, 2002 at 12:24 UTC ( #200605=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to proposal for the Clarification Code section

There's a lot of that going on in SOPW, but I think it would be nice to have a special section for it too. Maybe the "Craft" section was originally intended for that purpose, but most code there is completely uncommented, and there are few alternative solutions. The distinction between "Code" and "Snippets" seems to be clear, but what's the actual distinction to "Craft"?

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Re2: proposal for the Claerification Code section (and my suggestion)
by charnos (Friar) on Sep 25, 2002 at 13:22 UTC
    According to the Site how-to, Craft was originally created to show off code users were particularly proud of. I don't think that means that Craft was created for well documented code, as I know code I'm proudest of is either so lucid that a beginner could understand it on second pass, or so obfuscated that the point is to not understand it till you read through it. I believe that the Code Catacombs would be more appropriate to post full, well documented code, as that probably has a larger content limit (I'd assume).

    To Discipulus, I don't think that a new section necessarily needs to be created for authors to repost revised code. Personally, I think the best thing to do as a novice is to slug through some of the Code and craft by yourself with a fresh console window with perldoc waiting to answer any syntax questions. Also, PLEASE read perldoc perlsyn before making suggestions on where syntax sections are needed. This isn't a simple "RTFM", but in truth all the syntax instruction a beginner needs comes in perlsyn. Finally (and this is the important one) my suggestion to you: ask the authors. If you go through the Code and Craft section, you'll find lots of clear examples of perl in use, but also the wealth of information that is other monks. I've never seen one monk belittle another for asking a question about his or her code.
    Have fun at the monastery, it's a great place to learn, and even laugh sometimes ;) (the latter half up to here is to Discipulus, not Django)

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