in reply to
The sad state of Perl documentation
And opinions filled the room...
I may as well add a few things:
man / perldoc:
These are not intended (for the most part) to be a tutorial.
If you want to learn, you buy a book, like with most other
things. Perldoc is however an excellent reference manual.
It's not very useful until you actually know perl. On the
other hand, when you DO know perl, it is an excellent place
to "look something up". The great advantage is that
practically everyone installs perldoc along with perl. If
you program perl, you always have perldoc. It is however
, in my humble opinion, utterly useless when printed. The
sections are HUGE and quite impossible to navigate without
some form of search/matching. Furthermore, it is nice to
know that perldoc is up to date. I do not consider this sad. As soon as you buy a book
or print a reference manual, it will become old.
This is not only very common on UNIX platforms. It is also
quite common on other systems such as Windows. Printers
really like PostScript.
So, following some
form of logical deduction, one might say that PostScript is
a good format to store text in, if it is intended for
printing. This causes no problems, as it can also be viewed
with a variety of programs.
However, following some form of illogical deduction, Windows
does things a bit differently. It uses PS. A lot. There are
however few programs that can display a simple PS file.
Instead they have choosen to use every other format
imaginable to store files, ready for printing. They use rtf,
doc, pdf and and a variety off odd (and always commercial)
formats. This strikes me as very odd. Having dozens of
non-free formats that do the exact same thing is not a
bright move. Even more so as the first thing that happens
when you print it, is a conversion to PS, so the printer
will understand it.