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Help with updating a Perl Resources sticky thread at a web developer forum?by StommePoes (Scribe)
|on Mar 10, 2010 at 14:12 UTC||Need Help??|
Hallo fine monks,
I hope to have some monks look over a proposed overhaul I'm working on of a Perl Resources sticky thread on a web developer forum. The old one is... old. So after fixing broken links and adding in some more modern stuff (Moose, Catalyst), I'd like some feedback on some of the tutorials and articles that still remain on the list (as I can't code much more than Hello World and maybe a for loop), whether they should be kept, canned, or replaced with a similar tut.
There is a web development forum I visit regularly (too regularly : ) It's springtime and that means updating old sticky threads, some over 10 years old.
While I'm not in the Programming Team I offered to go over the Perl Resources sticky thread in Program Your Site, as Perl's not terribly popular and I'd at least like to see some Good Resources presented to the hapless person who happens to stumble into the low-traffic "Perl, Python and other Languages" section.
Here is the current, original sticky; note perldoc doesn't work, and some other things.
Here is my attempt so far (just sitting on my site for your benefit, as stickys in the forum are made up of bbcode). I've asked once in Chatterbox and got some feedback, and I've talked to two other monks, where it was suggested that I post here.
Note that I started with the original thread text and went from there. Also, my comments are in italics and mostly are either my thoughts or comments to the Team member who will ultimately post the updated sticky. They will not be in the final sticky of course. The non-italicised text, however, if incorrect (descriptions) please tell me! Offer some better text if I've gotten it wrong. Also if I grouped something in the wrong area.
I'm most interested in how decent or sucky the tutorials and the SitePoint articles are. Many of them were written end 1990's to early 2000's. A few are book reviews (of books written in the time period). I'm definitely removing the part under Perl Scripts... I even see a link on the left to good old Matt's Script Archive : ) Also if there's some other excellent Beginner Perl book besides the Llama, let me know.
Please keep in mind that this is still generally meant for web-oriented people (hopefully people coming from PHP or .NET!) and so for this reason I haven't yet considered adding stuff like BioPerl (maybe add it anyway to the Communities section though) as SitePoint gets more webmasters than geneticists etc. I'm not sure if I want PDL in their either for similar reasons.
Thanks in advance!
Update 1: I've been updating my html version as I go. I'll add a final update here when I'm ready to submit this to Programming at the forum. I'm hoping my descriptions, labeling and grouping are also correct. As per roboticus' suggestion, I'm going to pick through some monks' home nodes. Thanks for the comments so far, but I also want to make sure what I have is done right!
Update 2:Thar she blows. Hope it turned out well. Thanks again for all the advice, monks.