Being unemployed has very few advantages. Surfing PM
whenever i want is one of them. :) Of course, this will
all change once i start grad school on August 19th ... i
am currently plotting a way to sneak Perl into the C++ labs
that i will be teaching! >:D
... i am currently plotting a way to sneak Perl into the C++ labs that i will be teaching!
...that should be easy.
You can have them use Perl as a way to benchmark their programs written in C++. You can have them use Perl to create sample data sets, or provide simulated input streams for testing.
And of course, you can have them inspect the source code that relates to issues like Regular Expression parsing, or whatever else seems interesting within the context of design.
Perl fits everywhere, and it's not hard to make the case that it's a vital part of any programmer's toolkit.
When I worked as a C programmer, I often used AWK (and sometimes even sed) to handle tasks associated with testing, integration and development. Perl can be viewed in that role if you want to have them do so.
...All the world looks like -well- all the world,
when your hammer is Perl.
I voted other. Regardless of whether I'm at work or at home, if I have a Perl related issue or problem I surf. My boss understands that I consider Perlmonks a valuable resource. However, if I'm surfing simply for fun, I do that exclusively on my own time. I have to admit that I had to stop and consider the connotations associated with the word surf before voting. I took it to be synonymous with browse though some people equate surfing to goofing off or wasting time.
Well if "surf" is defined as "browse around aimlessly". Meaning, with no particular end goal, then my answer would be "off-time only". This is probably better defined with:
Searching for an answer - mostly work hours
Answering questions, recreational reading - off-time only
Although, after lamenting for a bit, I took "surf" to encompass doing anything at all at perlmonks.org. I thus voted "no distinction".
Possibly because there is no real distinction between work-hours and off-time for me these days. (sniffle... hire me!)
My employer asks us to set aside "a few hours a week" to
improve our skills... and I've been trying to train some of
our new hires (mostly those who'll be maintaining my code)
to read Perl Monks regularly, if not create an account and
get seriously involved. We'll see how it turns out, but
they're smart folk and ought to see the benefit.
Oh, and being able to say "ran into this
to Perl Monks, got a brilliant solution from
merlyn, saved hours of time" in a weekly report was lots
o' fun. :-)
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The hell with paco, vote for Erudil!
well I currently have holiday, but I still take a small look everyday if there are any interesting topics. During work I often even have Chatterbox running, and I think it's a good thing because this way I learn lots every day and the time it takes pays back pretty fast...
I was going to vote always work hours but then I realized that I'm not actually at work at the moment but still surfing PM :-) So, let's make that mostly work hours with the occasional "surf" at weekends then :-)
I visit the site from work pretty frequently. However, I find that during weekends, or late at night, I can contribute more answers simply because there are fewer members around who typically beat me to the punch :-)
since i have no internet access at home i have to say that i use pm only during worktimes. but if i had a telephone line or a wlan accesspoint provided by someone (not me) i think i'd use it all the time.
At work, I surf PM to maintain what's left of my sanity while in a world of archaic systems and arbitrary limits on what I'm allowed to code. At home, I often re-surf the same nodes to apply the combined wisdom to my own programs. As a result, I often spend the whole day just waiting for the time when I can run home and try out the newest, coolest solution I read about in the morning.
He seemed like such a nice guy to his neighbors /
Kept to himself and never bothered them with favors
- Jefferson Airplane, "Assassin"
I come here whether I'm at work or at home. Sometimes I just visit to put in my vote for the site poll or gawk at the cool obfus that get posted. Even at times I'll contribute snippets or seek wisdom from other PerlMonks.
Other. I am currently on a contract at a company who doesn't allow internet access for contractors, besides, even if I did, my job isn't sufficiently directly perl related to justify visiting during work hours.
Other. I mostly login from home. However, on more than one occasion I got on during work hours in the hopes of finding a quick hint/tip for what I'm working on. On a couple of occasions, the help I got from the good monks saved me hours of trying to soften up the walls of my office with my head.
I mostly work from home (and go to school a lot), so when I'm "on the clock", I can't exactly be surfing perlmonks now can I (yeah i'm honest).
I do however surf from work as well, but this is very limited (a few hours a week, irregular).
I like to chill here in the PM (and sometimes in the AM, when the insomnia strike), when i'm doing homework and home-development (non-paid stuff, usually for lots of fun), with everything on (radio/tv/winamp).
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