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Re^2: Modern Perl: The Book: The Draft

by Anonymous Monk
on Jul 02, 2010 at 20:03 UTC ( #847801=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Modern Perl: The Book: The Draft
in thread Modern Perl: The Book: The Draft

As a native speaker, I just want to remark that I disagree completely with each of your suggestions to rephrase. If I were the author, I would go on to illustrate my meaning in each of these cases and prod you for information on how I could really improve them, based on whatever unstated misunderstanding is actually troubling you.

But I'm not the author; I'm just an enthusiast of expression in such ways as provided by English and Perl. So, my curiosity is piqued: what is more awkward in the third paragraph of the first chapter than "must compare always two elements"?

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Re^3: Modern Perl: The Book: The Draft
by hexcoder (Chaplain) on Jul 05, 2010 at 20:02 UTC
    Thanks, that is interesting to hear! If the original phrases are comprehensible, I need to work a bit on my skills...

    BTW: i just noticed the book is really a moving target, as i cannot find the original text anymore.

    Anyway, the vanished text under chapter 1, section 'The Default Scalar Variable' described the predeclared variables $a and $b, and reasoned that $_ could not be used in sort() because sort() 'must process the elements of its list two at a time'. This is correct of course (the elements are just not necessarily neighbors), but the wording suggested to me: sort() iterates on adjacent elements pairs of its list.

      Oh, that does sound like it was confusing. Misunderstandings like this is why more documents need version control!

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