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Re^2: Should a Socratic Dialogue be attempted?

by papidave (Monk)
on Oct 24, 2007 at 21:41 UTC ( #647028=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: Should a Socratic Dialogue be attempted?
in thread Should a Socratic Dialogue be attempted?

Your choice of metaphors is apt. As I have all-too-often said:,
Give a man a fish, and he'll eat for a day;
Teach a man to fish, and he'll spend his life savings on fishing tackle.
This is not necessarily a bad thing -- the Perlish equivalent might be:
Give a man a snippet, and his program will run for a day;
Teach a man to use PM, and he'll never get back to that code he was supposed to write.
Seriously, though, I think that the need for Socratic learning is related to the kind of question being asked. A general "what method do I use" question needs multiple answers, per TMTOWTDI. But a specific "why is this code fragment broken" question probably deserves a more direct answer.

Determining whether or not I actually provide direct responses when I should do so is left as an exercise to the reader.

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Re^3: Should a Socratic Dialogue be attempted?
by holli (Monsignor) on Oct 25, 2007 at 17:50 UTC
    Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life. (Terry Pratchett)


    holli, /regexed monk/

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[RonW]: james28909 Why not write a Perl program to do the task?
[choroba]: RonW Yes, but then, one day, they needed to switch from FTP to SFTP, and... but I can't give the whole talk away here :)
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