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I surf PM during

by jcwren (Prior)
on Aug 10, 2002 at 15:44 UTC ( #189184=poll: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

Vote on this poll

always work hours
[bar] 65/13%
mostly work hours
[bar] 160/32%
rarely work hours
[bar] 32/6%
off-time only
[bar] 27/5%
no distinction
[bar] 186/37%
other (describe)
[bar] 28/6%
498 total votes
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(jeffa) Re: I surf PM during
by jeffa (Bishop) on Aug 10, 2002 at 16:26 UTC
    Being unemployed has very few advantages. Surfing PM whenever i want is one of them. :) Of course, this will all change once i start grad school on August 19th ... i am currently plotting a way to sneak Perl into the C++ labs that i will be teaching! >:D


    (the triplet paradiddle with high-hat)
      ... i am currently plotting a way to sneak Perl into the C++ labs that i will be teaching!

      ...that should be easy.

      You can have them use Perl as a way to benchmark their programs written in C++. You can have them use Perl to create sample data sets, or provide simulated input streams for testing.

      And of course, you can have them inspect the source code that relates to issues like Regular Expression parsing, or whatever else seems interesting within the context of design.

      Perl fits everywhere, and it's not hard to make the case that it's a vital part of any programmer's toolkit.

      When I worked as a C programmer, I often used AWK (and sometimes even sed) to handle tasks associated with testing, integration and development. Perl can be viewed in that role if you want to have them do so.

      ...All the world looks like -well- all the world, when your hammer is Perl.

Re: I surf PM during
by jlongino (Parson) on Aug 10, 2002 at 16:13 UTC
    I voted other. Regardless of whether I'm at work or at home, if I have a Perl related issue or problem I surf. My boss understands that I consider Perlmonks a valuable resource. However, if I'm surfing simply for fun, I do that exclusively on my own time. I have to admit that I had to stop and consider the connotations associated with the word surf before voting. I took it to be synonymous with browse though some people equate surfing to goofing off or wasting time.


      Well if "surf" is defined as "browse around aimlessly". Meaning, with no particular end goal, then my answer would be "off-time only". This is probably better defined with:
      Searching for an answer - mostly work hours
      Answering questions, recreational reading - off-time only

      Although, after lamenting for a bit, I took "surf" to encompass doing anything at all at I thus voted "no distinction".
      Possibly because there is no real distinction between work-hours and off-time for me these days. (sniffle... hire me!)

Re: I surf PM during
by screamingeagle (Curate) on Aug 10, 2002 at 16:26 UTC
    maybe all of our companies should have a "surf" hour everyday... might end up increasing everyone's productivity (and the level of Perl knowledge) ;-)

      My employer asks us to set aside "a few hours a week" to improve our skills... and I've been trying to train some of our new hires (mostly those who'll be maintaining my code) to read Perl Monks regularly, if not create an account and get seriously involved. We'll see how it turns out, but they're smart folk and ought to see the benefit.

      Oh, and being able to say "ran into this problem, posted to Perl Monks, got a brilliant solution from merlyn, saved hours of time" in a weekly report was lots o' fun. :-)

      F o x t r o t U n i f o r m
      Found a typo in this node? /msg me
      The hell with paco, vote for Erudil!

Re: I surf PM during
by Chady (Priest) on Aug 10, 2002 at 18:57 UTC

    I was going to vote No Distinction, but I realised that I do login from home, but I only hit a page or two... I mostly surf the site while at work, and during the work hours ;)

    He who asks will be a fool for five minutes, but he who doesn't ask will remain a fool for life.

    Chady |
Re: I surf PM during
by belg4mit (Prior) on Aug 11, 2002 at 23:18 UTC
    "I work during my PM surfing hours" :-D

    perl -pew "s/\b;([mnst])/'$1/g"

Re: I surf PM during
by tbone1 (Monsignor) on Aug 12, 2002 at 12:33 UTC
    I'm descended from hardy pioneer stock and hard-nosed German farmers. It's always work time.

    As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.

      I hope you work hard to have fun as well. Wild turkeys can fly. Most domestic turkeys can't fly due to their obesity.
Re: I surf PM during
by NAstyed (Chaplain) on Aug 11, 2002 at 14:27 UTC
    There's no "All the Time!" option!

Re: I surf PM during
by kodo (Hermit) on Aug 11, 2002 at 10:56 UTC
    well I currently have holiday, but I still take a small look everyday if there are any interesting topics. During work I often even have Chatterbox running, and I think it's a good thing because this way I learn lots every day and the time it takes pays back pretty fast...

that's like saying...
by Xanatax (Scribe) on Aug 11, 2002 at 21:48 UTC
    no distinction... i surf PM while i am writing perl. i even have a chatterbox client on the main file server at work. PM is too useful not to when i hit a snag.

    but only pm'ing at work is like saying i don't use perl on my home computers; very unlikely, that...
Re: I surf PM during
by TStanley (Canon) on Aug 11, 2002 at 01:23 UTC
    I voted "mostly work hours" since thats where I'm at most of the time. At the moment, I have a two to three hour drive, depending on traffic, just to go home on the weekends.

    Never underestimate the power of very stupid people in large groups -- Anonymous
Re: I surf PM during
by vek (Prior) on Aug 11, 2002 at 15:31 UTC
    I was going to vote always work hours but then I realized that I'm not actually at work at the moment but still surfing PM :-) So, let's make that mostly work hours with the occasional "surf" at weekends then :-)

    -- vek --
Re: I surf PM during
by insensate (Hermit) on Aug 11, 2002 at 23:03 UTC
    I visit the site from work pretty frequently. However, I find that during weekends, or late at night, I can contribute more answers simply because there are fewer members around who typically beat me to the punch :-)
Re: I surf PM during
by NaSe77 (Monk) on Aug 12, 2002 at 08:02 UTC
    since i have no internet access at home i have to say that i use pm only during worktimes. but if i had a telephone line or a wlan accesspoint provided by someone (not me) i think i'd use it all the time.


Re: I surf PM during
by rattusillegitimus (Friar) on Aug 12, 2002 at 14:44 UTC

    At work, I surf PM to maintain what's left of my sanity while in a world of archaic systems and arbitrary limits on what I'm allowed to code. At home, I often re-surf the same nodes to apply the combined wisdom to my own programs. As a result, I often spend the whole day just waiting for the time when I can run home and try out the newest, coolest solution I read about in the morning.

    He seemed like such a nice guy to his neighbors / Kept to himself and never bothered them with favors
    - Jefferson Airplane, "Assassin"

Penning the Scriptures at Work
by gregor42 (Parson) on Aug 12, 2002 at 12:51 UTC

    I reckon this would fall under the perl geek code listing for perlmonks as 'getting paid for it' , would it not??

    Wait! This isn't a Parachute, this is a Backpack!
Re: I surf PM during
by cecil36 (Pilgrim) on Aug 12, 2002 at 13:36 UTC
    I come here whether I'm at work or at home. Sometimes I just visit to put in my vote for the site poll or gawk at the cool obfus that get posted. Even at times I'll contribute snippets or seek wisdom from other PerlMonks.
Re: I surf PM during
by blaze (Friar) on Aug 12, 2002 at 23:57 UTC
    I surf PM anytime i have a free second, it's a great place to develop perl skills, though im no where near where i want to be....but i will be :)
Re: I surf PM during
by poqui (Deacon) on Aug 12, 2002 at 22:55 UTC
    Other. I am currently on a contract at a company who doesn't allow internet access for contractors, besides, even if I did, my job isn't sufficiently directly perl related to justify visiting during work hours.
Re: I surf PM during
by rah (Monk) on Aug 13, 2002 at 04:05 UTC
    Other. I mostly login from home. However, on more than one occasion I got on during work hours in the hopes of finding a quick hint/tip for what I'm working on. On a couple of occasions, the help I got from the good monks saved me hours of trying to soften up the walls of my office with my head.
Re: I surf PM during
by PodMaster (Abbot) on Aug 14, 2002 at 23:14 UTC
    I voted other.

    I mostly work from home (and go to school a lot), so when I'm "on the clock", I can't exactly be surfing perlmonks now can I (yeah i'm honest).

    I do however surf from work as well, but this is very limited (a few hours a week, irregular).

    I like to chill here in the PM (and sometimes in the AM, when the insomnia strike), when i'm doing homework and home-development (non-paid stuff, usually for lots of fun), with everything on (radio/tv/winamp).

    ** The Third rule of perl club is a statement of fact: pod is sexy.

Re: I surf PM during
by malaga (Pilgrim) on Aug 15, 2002 at 07:18 UTC
    If I HAD any off-time I would spend it surfing at the beach not here (no offense of course).
Re: I surf PM during
by Vynce (Friar) on Aug 18, 2002 at 20:00 UTC

    i only surf during my off-time, because my jobs do not let me near a computer at all.

    and, since i have basically no off-time, that means i basically never surf.

Re: I surf PM during
by strfry() (Monk) on Aug 22, 2002 at 13:27 UTC
    i'm forced to make cameo appearances from work, because i have no internet connection at home. this is a good thing, however, since while at home usually i code in C, and at work, i code in perl. (:


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