|Perl: the Markov chain saw|
Re: Newbie madness, experienced ambiguity.by scottstef (Curate)
|on Mar 17, 2001 at 20:14 UTC||Need Help??|
I too have been around about a month. I agree that when you do post a ambigous node, all you receive is look at this node or this was brought up previosly here or merlyn's typical i did an article on this for (substitute any one of the magazines merlyn writes for here.) Perlmonks is an online community, they are here to HELP us newbies to write/learn perl. If you have ever been a member of the old usenets threads, you get rtfm if you are lucky (comments about your heritage/lifestyle/family if you aren't) if you ask that sort of a question there. At least here, you get the chapter and verse so you know where to start.
As a newbie, we are faced with a lot of challenges, learning syntax versus semantics.
Perlmonks reminds me of a teacher (Thanks prof harley)i had for a class in o/s principles.
The first day of class the teacher stated that her goal was for us to walk out of her class knowing one thing in regard to unix.
That one thing was to learn how to use the documentation that already existed to solve our problems.
Learning to write code effectively is a matter of learning to use all of your tools effectively.
Solving your own problems.
Use perlmonks as a tool, not as a crutch.
Use them to glean ideas rather than expecting them to write your code.
Programmers like to be challenged, ask any one of the people that write code for a living why they work where they do and one of the top three answers will probably be for the challenge they face there.
If you want their help, challenge them to HELP you do what you want done quicker, better, or more securely.
The people here are here for one reason, to propagate the language of perl, extend it past it's limits, and most importantly, to teach us, how to teach ourselves.