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Re: Who's afraid of the manual?

by Beatnik (Parson)
on Jan 03, 2002 at 13:45 UTC ( #135949=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Who's afraid of the manual?

Altho I do agree manuals can be REALLY handy, I must stress one of the 3 virtues of a Perl programmer... Yes, I do mean the lazyness.

To many, Perl is the next best thing since sliced bread. Admit it or not but alot of people want to learn Perl and want to learn it as fast as possible. You'd be lying if you yourself were not peeking ahead in Perl books you were reading (like I did). My point being, it's all normal... but only those willing to learn alot, will eventually teach others.

There is no certificate stating you are a qualified Perl Programmer (altho I do have 3 of those around here somewhere, next to my HTML Programmer certificate). People can claim to be a Perl programmer rather fast (and unfortunatly they do).

This is a wonderfull Perl community and many have asked dumb/silly questions, many have asked questions that have been asked dozens of times before, many have ignored the manuals and asked what they wanted to know. It's nothing to be embarassed about. Answering those questions politly might just learn you something more yourself. How many times do you look up things in books and manpages, things you didn't really know alot about, things that bothered others? In some way others are motivating you to learn while they learn.

Just my 2 cents...

... Quidquid perl dictum sit, altum viditur.

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Re: Re: Who's afraid of the manual?
by dru145 (Friar) on Jan 04, 2002 at 22:10 UTC

    I agree with you. I use to be one of those monks that would rather post my question to PM rather then looking for it in perldoc or a book. I learned through the replies of a few monks that I should be doing a better search for my answer before posting my question. I now spend a few hours looking for my answer before braking down and posting. I've learned so much using this method and I find myself posting less code related questions and helping less experienced monks more. Honestly, I hate posting questions about my code because I feel I should be able to find it, but many times I can not. Thank god for all of the fellow monks because I probably would have given up on Perl along time ago.

    Another satisfied monk.

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