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Re: Were it not a monastery, my favourite metaphor for PerlMonks would have been:

by CountZero (Bishop)
on Aug 13, 2007 at 16:13 UTC ( #632250=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Were it not a monastery, my favourite metaphor for PerlMonks would have been:

Perl Barracks, for sure; or to stay in that environment "The Perl Regiment".

Note that it includes a sense of discipline (use strict;!), it is a community, it has a hierarchy, it has a mascot (the Camel!), there is continuous learning and training, but also good fun and informal contacts (Chatterbox), it has its traditions ("show what your tried before asking a question", ...), ...

Military, definitely so Sir; that is probably why I like it so much.

CountZero

A program should be light and agile, its subroutines connected like a string of pearls. The spirit and intent of the program should be retained throughout. There should be neither too little or too much, neither needless loops nor useless variables, neither lack of structure nor overwhelming rigidity." - The Tao of Programming, 4.1 - Geoffrey James


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Re^2: Were it not a monastery, my favourite metaphor for PerlMonks would have been:
by blazar (Canon) on Aug 17, 2007 at 16:48 UTC
    Perl Barracks, for sure; or to stay in that environment "The Perl Regiment".

    D'Oh! I disagree but I'm seriously in difficulty because your arguments are all so good++ and I could hardly counter them. Though I suppose that a comment similar to that in response to the brothel suggestion may apply: $Larry would probably not approve of the association between Perl and something military...

    A counter argument: how 'bout free form? Something that can be brought so forth in Perl up to that incredible anarchic mess that obfu and golf can be. Well, I guess one may provide as a counter-counter-argument an interpretation in terms of mimetism and blitz operations...

    Last, you may ask me why I despise the military option while I cherish the dojo one, when "martial arts", literally, mean "arts of war". Well, of course it's all a matter of personal tastes and opinions: but once you accept this POV, it must be said that the term dojo typically applied to martial arts with a do in their name, thus shifting the main point of interest from the pure development of technical skills to that of a more general "Way" - although it has been generalized to other ones. I don't know if that could be the case with Perl, or even if it would be desirable... but I for one like the idea!

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