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Re: Opinions on usefulness of Perldoc

by scottstef (Curate)
on Mar 26, 2001 at 17:35 UTC ( #67184=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Opinions on usefulness of Perldoc

In my mind, the perl docs are extremekly useful- after you learn how to use them. I am going thru this also, it is the same as when I first started learning unix. Yes the answer is in the man pages, but learning how to use them is almost as difficult as learning the language itself. I used to post to usenet and would ask people to include chapter and verse in all RTFM replies. It at least gave a target on where to look for an answer. I think the biggest problem/feature is as new people learning the language we don't know how to use them. Perhaps, someone should try to write a tutorial on using the perldocs :-) At this point, I use the O'reilly cd bookshelf as well as the super search here. The super search here will usually get me started on the right road to finding something similar I can use. If that doesn't work, check merlyn's site, he has written columns on almost everything I have been looking for so far! %^)

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[Corion]: LanX: Yes, that's the main problem - you have lots (and lots) of workarounds in various places and stages of the processing, and to clean that mess up requires action across the complete codebase. And it's almost impossible to do it piece-by-piece

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