I was fortunate enough to take a class taught by Randall Schwartz. Not only was it my first introduction to Perl, it was my first introduction to ANY form of coding. I thought he was fantastic and if I was fortunate enough to have my code commented on by Merlyn, then you can believe that I would take whatever he said to heart (regardless of the tone of delivery). I am so sick and tired of all the PC BS and all of these 'Adults' crying over little things like this. The Bottom line is this: If you don't like criticism, don't ask for it !! At least he didn't tell you to RTFM !!!! Get over it, cry in silence then FIX YOUR CODE AND MOVE ON !!!!