I am aware of the quote in the third Camel. However, said
quote only mentions the existance of Baby Perl. It doesn't
define what Baby Perl is. In fact, it strongly suggests
everyone has his/her own Baby Perl.
And that's just fine. However, in no way this quote implies
one should be expected to be addressed in Baby Perl. There
isn't a single book written in Baby Perl. No manual page in
the Perl distribution talks in Baby Perl. Yet many books are
aimed at beginners, and so are tutorials in the main distribution.
Here's an experiment. Get married. Get twins. Call them
Angela and Bobby. Separate them. Expose Bobby only to language
at his own level. "Dadadadadada" when he's a baby, and one
syllable, one word sentences when he's a toddler. Only use
words he already knows. To Angela on the other hand, you only
talk normally. Normal sentences, with verbs, subjects and
objects. On each birthday, compare their linguistic development.
Describe the differences. Motive your answer.
And even if you remain convinced you should talk Baby Perl
to people asking questions, you still have a practical
problem. You will not know what they know. Will you not use
a substitution in an answer because you think they don't
know substitutions? What about hashes? grep?
strict? -w? Perhaps they don't
know open has a useful return value. Should you
ignore the return value in your answer? Not use CGI.pm?
Not use pack? Not use substr?
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