in reply to Religion in the Monastery.
Well, since you asked (although you didn't exactly phrase it as
if you were soliciting survey replies), yeah, my faith is a big
part of my programming work. I wouldn't be doing programming at
all without it, in fact, because it was the subtle workings of
Buddhist experience that led me to learn programming in the first
place, to perservere in teaching myself.
I think that maybe Larry's overt, unshy Christian faith does
help a little to create an atmosphere in the Perl community in
which some people can feel less restrained (constrained) about
referring to their own religious lives. At least, I know that *I*
am not "turned off" by Larry's thoughtful, questing sort of Christian
faith even though my own religious belief-system isn't the same as
his. Mostly our society in professional realms is so thoroughly
secularized and anxious about legalities and sensitivities that
many people wouldn't volunteer any information about any affiliation
they have (of a religious nature) lest they been seen as doing
The fact of the matter is that PerlMonks isn't a workplace
(although of course many are using it IN their workplace ;-) ...
so "corporate-style" rules about speech and policies pertaining to it don't and
shouldn't apply here, except of course hopefully a better-than-normal
standard of civility will prevail (we should try to always display goodwill,
tolerance and generosity towards fellow Monk(/ettes), naturally.
Anyway, so, yeah, Buddhist here <g> and in an indirect
way that does play a big role in both for what and how I write Perl.