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Re: Re: "Rites of Passage" wheel reinventing

by demerphq (Chancellor)
on Feb 26, 2004 at 22:12 UTC ( #332115=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: "Rites of Passage" wheel reinventing
in thread "Rites of Passage" wheel reinventing

It will always turn out better :)

Nah. Not always. If everybody thought like that we'd still be using abacuses for calculating and horse draw carts for transportation. Innovation not just the child of necessity but also of a crazed belief that you can do something better/different.

Ive spent a lot of time working on my pet wheel project, and I think its been a good experience for me, and frankly has given my fellow perlers a nice new shiny tool to make their development live easier. I thought I could write a better dumper, and frankly I think I have. Of course that better by my own definition, but, well, you have to pick your definitions from somewhere.


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Re: Re: Re: "Rites of Passage" wheel reinventing
by kvale (Monsignor) on Feb 26, 2004 at 22:35 UTC
    I think you missed my point.

    Creating something new is not the mistake. Creating something new without looking at what is already available is the mistake.

    For instance, in your pet data dumper project, I bet you looked at Data::Dumper to see if it would do what you wanted. It did not, so you probably looked for ideas about the API, how to deal with circular refs, etc. So when time came to create code, you had the benefit of all that previous effort, allowing you to announce a module that already felt somewhat familiar and had more chance of being a successful meme.

    -Mark

      I think you missed my point.

      Yep sure did. And you're right, I spent an awful long time poring over the Dumper.pm and Dump.pm sources before I wrote my first real attempt. My first shabby attempt (immortalized here) predates that research pretty much, and frankly shows it.


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      demerphq

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