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I agree with you completely, from your point of view! The very new users I'm thinking of are coming from VB, Java, C, or whatever, could use a "crutch" to get their job done UNTIL they themselves are as you put it "experienced Perl programmers."
Please step "outside the box" for just a moment where as a new Perl user I'm trying to build a mental bridge from any other programming language to Perl while resynthesizing this knowledge into working code to, in my example stay gainfully employed.
The subroutines would not only point someone toward WHAT they need to lookup in the Camel and learn, but eliminate the thrashing around with 'how in the heck can I do THAT in Perl.'
You are greatly respected. Enough that you were a valued reviewer of the new 3rd Llama. I defer to you and other elder wise Monks regarding the value of a "Subroutine Library" section. What I showed is not meant to be a module, but four separate routines showing HOW it could be done in Perl.
Other personal examples I've needed are: to commatize an integer or float, to round to whole dollars (not trunc), to right or left pad string or number, and so on. Yes I can, with much effort, research, and embarassment, eventually find an answer. I envision the "Subroutine Library" as a companion link to the "New2Perl" link for new Perl users not experts.
As a contrite Monk, I can only petition for change. I love this site and and thankful for the help I'm receiving. Thanks again for sharing your perspectives!
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