Hi, I'm the poor schmuck you've been referring to. I've been trying to teach myself Perl in between classes for a couple months now (my college only really offers Java). I know my code is inelegant, but I'm also still really new to Perl. The program being laughed at was my attempt to help a friend from another class--he needed a character counter and he needed it fast, so I tried to hack one together in Perl for him (in case anyone is going to mention cheating, he wasn't turning my code in for an assignment). I'm sorry, I honestly didn't know that my code was so bad. I agree with the above post about responsibility, though I thought I was doing right by making all of my source open and available. The hope was that someone might find a post or two useful if they were trying to learn Perl too. When I found this thread on PerlMonks I laughed a little. You see, about two days ago I noticed that my blog was actually getting traffic and that a lot of it was from PM. I joked with my wife that it was really cool that I was getting referrals from a site like PM...unless I was the "How Not to Code" showcase of the week. Anyway, I didn't realize that my blog was doing harm--I'm going to take it down after I finish this post. Maybe after I've been studying Perl for a few years I'll hazard writing some tutorials for CIS students, but I'll try to go through proper channels to do so. To the couple of you that tried to contact me, email is usually the easiest way: zhespelt at gmail dot com.
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