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Re^2: That screwdriver looks like a hammer...

by joeface (Pilgrim)
on Aug 24, 2004 at 19:46 UTC ( #385498=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: That screwdriver looks like a hammer...
in thread That screwdriver looks like a hammer...

You're not the only one with that experience.

I work as part of a team that is responsible for scores of operational activities, including "ad-hoc" monitoring of application memory use in emergencies. We were recently tasked with doing a daily check of an application's resource usage, and restarting it when usage reached a certain threshold. Manually executing this task took our best (brightest, fastest, most accurate) people 20 minutes. Yesterday afternoon I took a couple of hours to write a Perl script that does this task in 20 seconds. Everyone in the dept knows about it. Do they use it? No.

I'm confused about it -- this is a case where no tool existed in the first place. Now, a tool exists that gets this repetitive, annoying task out of the way 60x faster, and it's ignored. Humans are strange beasts :-)

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[Corion]: haukex: I've only now arrived at that revelation ;)
[Corion]: choroba: I use spod5, which also has that support, and also implements its own kinda-make stuff
[haukex]: But that module I just linked to assumes that most verbatim blocks are runnable code, I have other modules where that's not the case, so there I just copy-and-paste the synopsis into the author tests...
[haukex]: not the most efficient, but then again, I don't have that many modules on CPAN :-)
[Corion]: haukex: Yes, but if it's only supposed to run on my machine, I can be far more liberal with how I extract the code etc.
[Corion]: haukex: Yes - I see the benefit of using Dist::Zilla for people with 150+ modules on CPAN, but I don't see it for myself, and I'm always put off from contributing to such modules because they require a lot of toolchain setup that I don't want to ...
[Corion]: ... spend time on if I only want to provide a short patch
[haukex]: Corion: Yes exactly, in the author tests I don't worry about portability as much, I also don't list the author tests' dependencies in Makefile.PL
[haukex]: I figure someone who wants to contribute will know how to install the missing modules ;-) Not the nicest way to go but I don't think many people are using my modules yet

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