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Re: Re: A corrolary to TMTOWTDI

by petdance (Parson)
on May 29, 2001 at 07:24 UTC ( #83826=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: A corrolary to TMTOWTDI
in thread A corrolary to TMTOWTDI

how can we make CPAN more helpful to lazy people?

Interesting. I hadn't thought of that angle. I'd always assumed that people don't check the CPAN, and your postulate seems to be that CPAN isn't comprehensive enough in its searching capabilities. I know I've had problems with before, where things that I would have expected to find were not found.

I'm concerned about just pushing the laziness angle. Lord knows there are enough negative-scored posts here in the monastery that say things like "How do I write a game in Perl?".

Who remembers years ago in comp.lang.perl.misc when tchrist posted his rants about the nice beach that was overrun by people who didn't want to make the beach nice, and only wanted to take? While I certainly take issue with how he expressed his views, I agree with most of his points. There's a wealth of information in the community, but posting blindly "Hey, do my homework" isn't going to help anyone.

So let me rephrase a different way: How can we as the Perl Community help others to help themselves?


%_=split/;/,".;;n;u;e;ot;t;her;c; ".   #   Andy Lester
'Perl ;@; a;a;j;m;er;y;t;p;n;d;s;o;'.  #
"hack";print map delete$_{$_},split//,q<   >

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Re: Re: Re: A corrolary to TMTOWTDI
by Sherlock (Deacon) on May 29, 2001 at 15:17 UTC
    I realize that if you search for a specific module in the monastery, you can often find some discussion of it or maybe even a tutorial. Perhaps, we could organize these tutorials and module reviews into a specific area (perhaps just another review section) and give brief summaries of what they do and provide links to old posts concerning those modules.

    Granted, this is no small task and if someone has a better approach that would require less work, that would be great. I was just thinking that a nice categorized list of popular modules with some notes by other monks might be very useful. (At least I'd find it useful.)

    - Sherlock

    Skepticism is the source of knowledge as much as knowledge is the source of skepticism.

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