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Re^3: Putting Perl Back on Top in the Fields of Scientific and Financial Computing

by spx2 (Chaplain)
on Mar 09, 2011 at 17:26 UTC ( #892246=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^2: Putting Perl Back on Top in the Fields of Scientific and Financial Computing
in thread Putting Perl Back on Top in the Fields of Scientific and Financial Computing

<quote>Unlikely. If only that most people don't even read the documentation. </quote>

that's because the documentation is bulky sometimes and for a beginner it's hard to quickly find what they're looking for, IOW the documentation is a reference.

I would say, put that famous book in the docs and see what happens. I would expect a positive outcome. Am I right chromatic ?


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Re^4: Putting Perl Back on Top in the Fields of Scientific and Financial Computing
by JavaFan (Canon) on Mar 09, 2011 at 22:16 UTC
    that's because the documentation is bulky sometimes
    Nah. What I mean is, people don't read documentation. Period. Not of their VCR, and not about software either. Many wouldn't even know how easy or hard it is to use the Perl documentation because they never tried.

    Besides, if the problem is bulky documentation, adding an entire book isn't reducing that problem.

    I would say, put that famous book in the docs and see what happens.
    I'd say, submit a patch for that to p5p and see what happens.
    Am I right chromatic
    Chromatic doesn't seem the most objective person to ask about it.
      Chromatic doesn't seem the most objective person to ask about it.

      Nobody's objective. So what?


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Re^4: Putting Perl Back on Top in the Fields of Scientific and Financial Computing
by chromatic (Archbishop) on Mar 11, 2011 at 21:31 UTC
    I would say, put that famous book in the docs and see what happens. I would expect a positive outcome. Am I right chromatic ?

    The core documentation has enough problems without another 70,000 words added to it.

    I wrote the book and deliberately skipped some features, argued against using others, and ignored the entire default OO system in favor of Moose (before explaining the default object system as something you might have to maintain). It's one way to learn to write Perl 5 effectively. I hope it's useful for people, but it's certainly not the only way.

    (Also I'd hate to have to debate stylistic choices on p5p before updating it for a new version.)

      How about writing another free book on Extending and hacking perl to encourage more people to work on Perl ecosystem itself. I know there is core hackers project but that there just as portal for some links. We need a good book which goes into details of all that stuff.
        Rather than a whole book, a few SWIG articles less than 13 years old would be nice. Both SWIG and Perl have changed a bit since then.

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