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Stop looking for reasons to avoid challenges
And where did Liz ever say she wanted to avoid challenges? I think Liz was speaking as an experienced Perl programmer about the question as to whether it is good advice to tell people to examine their favorite module.
You have some points I agree with, looking at CGI will teach you things irregardless, as does any form of experience. You also touch on the question of "good" programming practises. Experts of course are always at liberty to toss such practices to the wind, however teachers for good reason are not, for equally good reasons.
Anway, while you seem to have some interesting points your tone is extremely negative and disrespectful, and frankly smells to me like a personal attack, (after all you snidely imply Liz is not a successful person, which is both rude, and to my knowledge untrue.) So because of this your node has earned my first -- in months. Perhaps next time you will unmask yourself and participate in the forum in a more civilised and gentlmanly way and then we can take your contribution a bit more seriously.
<Elian> And I do take a kind of perverse pleasure in having an OO assembly language...