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From my own experience, I started using Perl about five years ago. Found this site almost immediately, but didn't join at that time because (1) it's slow, and (2) I read some replies to posts and was turned off by some of the contributors who have a 'God' complex thinking that everyone's questions are inane or beneath them (there are a couple of those in this thread - don't have to look far).

However, this site did not turn me off of Perl, and here I am 5 years later, a member, and absolutely loving the wonderful community here (just have to ignore the grumpy people, and realize that sometimes it takes forever to refresh).

My point is, I doubt that a large percentage of new Perl programmers look at PerlMonks, then decide that PHP is a better way to go because PM is cloogy. Developers typically use a language because they get a job where the language is already used (forced into it), or because they learned it in school and go get a job that requires it. I seriously doubt that this site is ever going to make someone run screaming for PHP. It's the content, functionality, and the contributors that matter. I am constantly amazed at how many Perl experts paddle around in the PM pond, and that will keep me coming back almost every day until I get a job where I have to use C# or some other less-desirable language!

Very long story just plain long, make the site as spiffy as makes you happy - we could get a few extra shallow users who are easily impressed by bling, but the really important work should be to improve the site's usability/functionality.

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in thread Site facelift? by locust

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    [ovedpo15]: Im not allowed to use additional modules, so I can't use it. looking for a simple regex to do this task though..
    [Corion]: Ah, so this is homework? Then most likely, you should review your course material closer. It would greatly surprise me if the course material wouldn't mention the topics that will be used in the homework...
    [Corion]: I already showed you the simple regex to match the last part of a string without a comma in it
    [Tux]: Corion++ hippo++
    [ovedpo15]: it isn't homework. its a module I use at work. The process to add additional module isn't worth it. p.s never heard a university course which teach perl
    [marto]: there are many, to this day.
    [ovedpo15]: @Corion Yes I use the regex you showed me. its very good regex. although now i need to know that substring unit that comma
    marto mad corrections to one around 18 months ago
    [ovedpo15]: my code checks the value after that comma, if it isn't valid it will remove it. so I would like to remove the substring after that comma meaning getting the string before comma.
    [hippo]: Are you sure that Text::CSV_XS isn't already installed at your work? It's such a useful module that it might well be there.

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