I disagree. I'm not going to explain every function or module I use. Then
it takes me hours to answer some questions. That's what the TFM is for. If
you ask a question, get an answer which uses function foo
you don't know about, is it too much to ask to spend a few seconds
typing perldoc -f foo
in a different window? Should authors
really cut and paste the documentation for every question they answer,
just because the asker of the question might
be a newbie?
(How do you know? Do they smell different?)
$string =~ s/\s+/ /g;
I fail to see what the problem is with that. If there are parts in the
code the reader doesn't understand, (s)he can look it up. Now
the excuse of "I don't know what to look up" doesn't hold.
One last thing. You mentioned the infamous baby code. Is there
an official piece of documentation that lists what's part of baby
code and what isn't? Because only then, one can answer in baby
code. Or does every one has his/her own baby code, which
just happens to be the set of constructs the person knows about? Perhaps
everyone signing on for Perlmonks could fill out a form with 2500
tickboxes, marking all the commands and constructs they know about,
making that their own private baby code. Then people can study
those sets and adjust their answer. Keep in mind that people are learning,
so you would have to force them to update their pages at least weekly,
but preferably daily.
BTW, don't you think showing people constructs or functions they haven't
heard of before is the best way to get them out of the baby code
stage, and into the world of full Perl enjoyment?
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