Is PerlMonks a good place to get answers for homework?
Many questions posed to the monastery get shot down with a summary "Do your own homework!"
But, in general, monks will refuse to produce the goods in response to a homework-type question.
Some reasons are:
- They think that you would learn more by doing it yourself.
- They are insulted because you think that your time is more valuable than theirs.
- They think that you are showing disrespect for the effort which they have put into learning what they know by asking for the answers to be handed to you.
- They do not want to be a part of someone else's (possible or perceived) dishonorable conduct.
On the other hand, most monks will not mind helping you with your homework, provided that you:
- Indicate up front that it is a homework assignment;
- Show everything you've tried so far;
- Ask specific questions for help getting over specific hurdles.
Rather than post a request for help with homework, try some of the following ways to work it out yourself.
- Get some Perl books. O'Reilly books are highly rated, for example.
- Go to http://perldoc.perl.org/ to read the Perl documentation on line.
- Use perldoc to read the Perl documentation on your own system.
- Use Super Search to find how other people have solved similar problems.
- Look in Tutorials for articles which cover your problem area.
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