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If I see someone criticizing style in response to a question about the content of the code, I usually assume the respondent is an ass. For whatever reason, that person is making someone jump through hoops to be helped or thinks style is just as important as functionality. Even worse, the respondent has forgotten that TMTOWTDI.

I think contributing here at perlmonks or other forums is like being a teacher: we're trying to promote learning. The best way to get someone to learn is to engage them in the subject matter. The best way to turn a student off and completely disengage their minds is to give them a lot of facts and rules for rote memorization.

Answering questions is also like being a maintenance programer. Our job is to adapt and work within an established framework, not rewrite as we see fit.

Promote readability and understanding of the language. Solve problems with content of a newbie's code, not the style. Once the newbie becomes a hacker, they'll develop the desire to write using clean style on their own.


In reply to Re: Commonly accepted style guide? by jpeg
in thread Commonly accepted style guide? by dragonchild

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