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I would have liked to claim the title of worst monk, but only if I was able to do it by being myself, as I said in one of the quotes you posted. I wouldn't have even gone out of my way for it. I thought I already had a shot, because of 274711, dated July 16, 2003.
Read my posts in the Boycott O'Reilly thread. I make valid points. There's good and bad to hacking books, and those two sides are never equal. In that thread, others say they're good. I give both sides and my over-all analysis, which is that those books, particularly ones containing cracking code as opposed to crack prevention code, are bad.
Jeffa said "I mean, think about it, who else would be that stubborn and immediately assume that any criticism is simple jealousy?" I believe that most of it isn't jealousy. The students here, and probably many of the seasoned programmers, have learned from schooling and maybe a bit from the real world of programming that certain methods tend to avoid problems. Even I'd be reluctant to hire someone who insisted on coding like I do, though I wouldn't insist on using my usual style if I were working with others or if others had to maintain my code.
My style works for me. It's possible that I'd have benefited from a different style, but that would have required my learning and getting used to something new, just for that chance that it might help. A casual review of today's conventional programming practices led me to believe that they could slow down the development process, at least for a programmer like me who knows what level of carefulness works for him and has had success without scoping and whatnot.
Consider the problems Steve_p had here. I wrote VarStructor in the way I felt was natural and easiest for me, which would have ended up producing errors or warnings the conventional way. I would have had to do it differently and it probably would have taken more time even if I were used to the conventional way.
I hope you will be able to focus on the utility of my module when it comes out, and benefit from it, rather than be bothered by my style. I believe it could help every one of you become more productive programmers. For those of you who don't know the latest, I intend to have VarStructor function kind of like Tie::HashHistory. I've only read about that module, but I believe there will be several differences between it and mine. I expect mine to be easier to use in at least some situations, and faster, but one thing for sure is that mine will be useful.
And when I ask a specific question, you all know how I feel about my style now, so I trust you will focus more on the question and criticize my style a bit less.