Dear Monks
I would like to know what are the best practices to get the best from perl monastery. Besides reading different sections, I would like to know how the reading is used to get the best out of it. Thus my interest is not just the 'reading objects' but also 'processing objects' of the mind.

An example: I often print different nodes, store them and read at later time. I highlight the ideas, make circles and read them back after sometime to see how I perceive them after more experience. That helps. The idea gets maturity and produces better practicability. Solutions employed are gaining more respects in my own view points.

point of view
an artist.

Edited by BazB: closed bold tag.

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(jeffa) Re: Get the best from monastery
by jeffa (Bishop) on May 26, 2002 at 17:13 UTC
    This is all purely opinion of course, but i really get a lot education from trying to answer questions. If i see a problem that i think i can solve, i try. If and when i do solve the problem, i then check to see if no-one else has 'beaten' me with a similar solution. If they have, i compare our solutions to see if mine has anything else to offer. If it does - post! If it does not, then i throw the solution away, satisfied that i learned something in the process.

    Also, running the code samples provided by others and modifying then to see how they tick is much more educational them merely reading them. Practice!


    (the triplet paradiddle with high-hat)
Re: Get the best from monastery
by cjf (Parson) on May 26, 2002 at 22:48 UTC
    Tell me and I will forget.
    Show me and I will remember.
    Involve me and I will understand.

    Translation: Post, Post, Post.

    Post code, get other's input on it. When you can't find a solution to a problem post a question and carefully analyze the different responses. Try to answer other's questions as well, even if you're not entirely sure you're right.

    Do this and you'll get the most out of the site.

Re: Get the best from monastery
by rinceWind (Monsignor) on May 27, 2002 at 13:41 UTC
    Before posting, there are a couple of actions I usually do.
    1. Has the question/meditation/suggestion/algorithm been posted before?
      If so, it is quite disappointing for the author, and may result in some terse RTFM replies. If a similar node has been posted, refer to it. That way you are showing due dilligence in searching, and due credit to the original author.
    2. Is the subject something of general interest, or is it wildly off-topic, and tenuously Perl related?
      If I am not comfortable here, I tend to use the Chatterbox. Quite often I will find a monk with precisely the experience that I need to solve my problem - or I convince myself that I should be looking elsewhere than on Perlmonks for my answer. This sometimes helps me hone my ideas before posting a new rootnode.

    The power of the Monastery is in its links, and in its people. Quite often, when a search fails to deliver, posting a question or a msg to the Chatterbox wakes one or more of the brethren up, who supply the necessary links (both on and off site).