Beefy Boxes and Bandwidth Generously Provided by pair Networks
Your skill will accomplish
what the force of many cannot

Comment on

( #3333=superdoc: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

I'm more in the "have a look at the modules source" camp than not. I have learned a great deal from reviewing the code of much of the Perl 5.6 distribution. However I beleive that new users are just as likely to be overwhelmed by reviewing an intense modules code. for instance is not a particularly good place to point newbies to, nor are a number of others (P::RD, or frankly almost anything that Ive looked at from TheDamian :-). However intermediate and advanced programmers can learn a lot from both.

BrowserUk also has a point. I tend to like to have a fairly good understanding how the modules I use work. I dont need to grok it to the level he says he does, but when time permits I often reimplement things that I dont understand as a learning exercise.

I think the question here comes down to different issues. Is the person you are advising a total programming newbie? Are they a decent programmer in something else but fresh to Perl? Are the a student of programming, or a sysadmin looking for a quick hack? Etc etc.

For the record i've recommended a few times that people have a look at Data::Dumper's code, but those were mostly in the context of a specific question.


<Elian> And I do take a kind of perverse pleasure in having an OO assembly language...

In reply to Re: Reasons for looking at your favourite module's source by demerphq
in thread Reasons for looking at your favourite module's source by liz

Use:  <p> text here (a paragraph) </p>
and:  <code> code here </code>
to format your post; it's "PerlMonks-approved HTML":

  • Posts are HTML formatted. Put <p> </p> tags around your paragraphs. Put <code> </code> tags around your code and data!
  • Titles consisting of a single word are discouraged, and in most cases are disallowed outright.
  • Read Where should I post X? if you're not absolutely sure you're posting in the right place.
  • Please read these before you post! —
  • Posts may use any of the Perl Monks Approved HTML tags:
    a, abbr, b, big, blockquote, br, caption, center, col, colgroup, dd, del, div, dl, dt, em, font, h1, h2, h3, h4, h5, h6, hr, i, ins, li, ol, p, pre, readmore, small, span, spoiler, strike, strong, sub, sup, table, tbody, td, tfoot, th, thead, tr, tt, u, ul, wbr
  • You may need to use entities for some characters, as follows. (Exception: Within code tags, you can put the characters literally.)
            For:     Use:
    & &amp;
    < &lt;
    > &gt;
    [ &#91;
    ] &#93;
  • Link using PerlMonks shortcuts! What shortcuts can I use for linking?
  • See Writeup Formatting Tips and other pages linked from there for more info.
  • Log In?

    What's my password?
    Create A New User
    and all is quiet...

    How do I use this? | Other CB clients
    Other Users?
    Others avoiding work at the Monastery: (6)
    As of 2018-05-23 23:12 GMT
    Find Nodes?
      Voting Booth?