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Re: Right answers for the right people

by Mutant (Priest)
on Aug 28, 2008 at 08:37 UTC ( #707412=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Right answers for the right people

I agree. I don't think there's any point in shielding people from the truth, but at the same time, there's no point in scaring people off when you can easily avoid it. A better answer to the question might've been:

"The ususal way is to use the perl debugger (point to PODs), but there are graphical altneratives available (preferably point to those)."
I think this highlights a small attitude in the Perl community along the lines of "you're not a *real* developer unless you use vim / *NIX / CLI, etc". Just to emphasise, I do think this is a *small* problem, but not an insignificant one, not least because some of the "higher ups" in the community can sometimes give this impression (even if it's not intentional).

Maybe vim + CLI works for you, but a huge amount of developers prefer to work in a fully functional IDE these days.

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[GotToBTru]: okay, I see what it does
[GotToBTru]: you;ve answered it .. the expression is meant to be evaluated as written, it is not a symbol for a special operation
[LanX]: '&;@' is a parsing error
[GotToBTru]: by itself, yes, but used in sub pre(&;@) not so
[LanX]: &; is interpreted as a function call, but the @ has no meaning
[LanX]: OH
[LanX]: you are talking about signatures?
[GotToBTru]: yes, it turns out I am
[LanX]: http://perldoc. perl.org/perlsub. html#Prototypes
[GotToBTru]: that page, strangely enough, never mentions that construct

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