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Re^4: How to read CPAN documentation

by ww (Bishop)
on Jul 06, 2012 at 14:25 UTC ( #980280=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^3: How to read CPAN documentation
in thread How to read CPAN documentation

... and then, for OP's next career (or retirement), you can use the knowledge and skills that will take a major part of your lifetime to absorb to write the kind of sketchy documentation that only another long term, hard-core, CS-degree-holding, uber-geek can decipher.

AnonyMonk's observation about reducing your need for the docs, "on a daily/weekly/monthly basis", could be read (admittedly, not as AM intended ) to suggest that there's a substantial amount of time required just to learn to read the docs en route to so mastering their content as to make them unnecessary.

Sorry, while I agree that most of the links can be useful... and are responsive -- in a fashion -- to OP's original question, they set the price of learning the answer too high, IMO, for a learner with a specific project in hand.

Here in the Monastery there have been several interesting discussions (for example, Re: A reasonable approach to getting a Perl skill foundation?) of aspects of this problem -- some from the POV of the developer, like the one cited, and some from the perspective of the learner ( check with Super Search ) and not a few that may seem merely tangential at first (cf: Re: The sourcecode *is* the documentation, isn't it? and 3 or 4 followups thereto).

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Re^5: How to read CPAN documentation
by Anonymous Monk on Jul 06, 2012 at 14:47 UTC

    Your observation about reducing your need for the docs, "on a daily/weekly/monthly basis", could be read (admittedly, not as you intended ) to suggest that there's a substantial amount of time required just to learn to read the docs en route to so mastering their content as to make them unnecessary.

    Sure, if you're purposefully trying to read between the lines

    Sorry, while I agree that most of the links can be useful... and are responsive -- in a fashion

    Well, that is how you become a seasoned programmer, so you can just go on CPAN and pick it up in no time

    -- to OP's original question, they set the price of learning the answer too high, IMO, for a learner with a specific project in hand.

    If you think so, why don't you lower the price?

    perl.j has history of both generic and specific questions, he knows how to SOPW, he wasn't asking for help with a project, he merely alluded to it.

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