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RE: ZDog Hall of Fame Update

by Ozymandias (Hermit)
on Aug 06, 2000 at 06:05 UTC ( #26387=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to ZDog Hall of Fame Update

Gee, zdog, I'm honored and all, but... "good knowledge of Perl"? What have you been smoking and why aren't you sharing? <G>

I am not a developer, I'm a sysadmin. I *use* Perl, fairly frequently. But I don't pretend to be a good Perl coder. I use the simplest tool that will do the job, and I'm interested in the job, not the code. I'm more likely to use someone else's code, and modify it for the job at hand.

In short, I'm a damn fine sysadmin, and yes I have a working knowledge of Perl. I can read Perl code. Sometimes I even know the answer to a Seekers of Perl Wisdom question. But I'm not comfortable being described as a Perl coder with the same words that you use to describe someone like jcwren. The rest of the line I'll take. <G>

- email Ozymandias

Update: "And why aren't you sharing" is a joke. Read it again. "What are you smoking, and why aren't you sharing?" See?

I'm not insulted to have it said that I have a "good knowledge of Perl" - I'm concerned that someone else (in this case, jcwren) might be to have me included in the same category they are. That's all.

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(zdog) RE: (2) ZDog Hall of Fame Update
by zdog (Priest) on Aug 06, 2000 at 06:55 UTC
    I know very little about Perl, so I know probably one answer to Perl questions per a week. And usually the answer I have has already been given to the person. There's your answer if that is what you meant by "why aren't you sharing?".

    Secondly, I base my descriptions on personal experience. You have answered several of my questions with good answers and because of that, I commented on your Perl knowledge in the way I did. I hope that clears things up.

    If I underestimated jcwren's knowledge of Perl then I am sorry, but again, I base everything on my experience.

    Zenon Zabinski | zdog |

      I'm actually humbled you think that much of my Perl knowledge. I know many principles of programming, I know a fair piece about operating systems, etc, and I know how to apply some of that knowledge to help people.

      I don't consider myself a Perl wizard, by any stretch of the imagination. I'm perfectly comfortable slinging lists of lists, and hashes that point to hashes that point arrays and such. But I rarely find a use for the map() function, and rarely take advantage of the things that you can do with lists (see a Schwartzian Transform). I understand why it works, but I often don't recognize where that type of technology can be applied, most likely due to a strong 'C', Forth, and assembly background.

      Some problems I like to solve so I can have a 'First Post!' answer. Make no mistake. A programmer who says s/he doesn't have an ego is a straight-out liar. Other problems are intruiging enough to do to the research, because I know that I don't know the answer. And other problems, I do know, and I enjoy (usually) helping people.

      So, no, in no way do I think you have underestimated my knowledge of Perl, and I'm flattered you think that highly of what I do know. Thanks.


      e-mail jcwren

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