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Re: Reasons for looking at your favourite module's source

by Anonymous Monk
on Sep 13, 2003 at 03:17 UTC ( #291212=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Reasons for looking at your favourite module's source

Suppose your favourite module is CGI.pm. Ovid already described its coding quirks before. Would you learn something from it?

Would you learn nothing from it? You learn something from absolutely everything. Spend less time lazily debating if it's worth it, and spend more time actually doing it. I have yet to meet a successful person who sits around going "hmm, should I learn this, I wonder how it compares to this..." Stop looking for reasons to avoid challenges.

And if you would learn something from it, would it be considered "good" by current coding standards

It doesn't matter whether the code is "good" or not. As long as you keep an open, objective mind you'll learn just as much, if not more, from it. If you can't handle "experts" telling you flat out lies, if you can't learn to prove things for yourself, find a different hobby.


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Re: Re: Reasons for looking at your favourite module's source
by demerphq (Chancellor) on Sep 13, 2003 at 18:03 UTC

    Stop looking for reasons to avoid challenges

    And where did Liz ever say she wanted to avoid challenges? I think Liz was speaking as an experienced Perl programmer about the question as to whether it is good advice to tell people to examine their favorite module.

    You have some points I agree with, looking at CGI will teach you things irregardless, as does any form of experience. You also touch on the question of "good" programming practises. Experts of course are always at liberty to toss such practices to the wind, however teachers for good reason are not, for equally good reasons.

    Anway, while you seem to have some interesting points your tone is extremely negative and disrespectful, and frankly smells to me like a personal attack, (after all you snidely imply Liz is not a successful person, which is both rude, and to my knowledge untrue.) So because of this your node has earned my first -- in months. Perhaps next time you will unmask yourself and participate in the forum in a more civilised and gentlmanly way and then we can take your contribution a bit more seriously.


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    demerphq

    <Elian> And I do take a kind of perverse pleasure in having an OO assembly language...

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