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Where's a good place to post caveats or "I just got burned by..."

by larryl (Scribe)
on Mar 12, 2001 at 07:41 UTC ( #63730=monkdiscuss: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

I've been playing with File::Find, and got burned by a couple of non-obvious things (non-obvious to me, at least) which I've since figured out. In general, where's an appropriate place on this site to post these lessons learned?

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Re: Where's a good place to post...
by footpad (Monsignor) on Mar 12, 2001 at 08:03 UTC

      I guess I was looking for something more along the lines of a hints/tips page classified maybe by Perl function or module, or by task - you know, Perl Cookbook style.

      I *did* check out the Perl Monks guide to the Monastery and Where do I post X? before asking, but nothing there seemed right. For example, the link to Meditations refers to things "amazing", "mind blowing", "epiphany inducing"... I was looking for more of a "forehead slapping", "groan inducing", "why didn't anyone tell me I shouldn't change $_ or chdir in a File::Find subroutine" kinda page.

        You might also consider to write a Module Reviews along with samples which make clear where the points are one could get "burned".
        Another possible place seems to me is Code Catacombs at least to post working code. There just comment all that seems important to you.
        Help (you provide to us) like this is very appreciated.

        Have a nice day
        All decision is left to your taste
        Adding up all the time one could spend looking for tips on 'what to avoid when...' and 'how to use ...' , you'll see that is often quicker to just get in there and start implementing rather than looking for the howto's and howtonot's. This is also more valuable for yourself because the things you learn the hard way will stick forever!
        Having said this, bashing your head against the wall for too long can cause permanent braindamage and is thus not desirable for any Monk... PM very often provides one with the right helmet to prevent this from happening.

        good luck

(ichimunki) re: Where's a good place to post caveats or "I just got burned by..."
by ichimunki (Priest) on Mar 12, 2001 at 21:03 UTC
    In the case of File::Find maybe the best thing to do would be to attack the documentation with a vengeance and get in touch with the maintainer of the package with updates/suggestions. This way the whole Perl community can benefit.
Re: Where's a good place to post caveats or "I just got burned by..."
by Adam (Vicar) on Mar 13, 2001 at 07:12 UTC
    If you have some good tips for working with a particular module, you might consider putting together a Tutorial...

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