Beefy Boxes and Bandwidth Generously Provided by pair Networks
There's more than one way to do things
 
PerlMonks  

comment on

( #3333=superdoc: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??
am I an accidental wise-man having unwittingly avoided solutions that need these other things?

Well, it's equally possible that you've been an unwitting simpleton, coming up with your own solutions to problems that have already been solved by "exotic" modules. Have you written your own code to add one or more days to the current date so that you correctly form a past or future date string (instead of using Date::Manip)? Have you been using pure regexes to find or alter stuff in HTML text data (instead of using HTML::TokeParser)? Do you use system() calls to run commands that do things like file compression, base64 encoding, MD5 signatures (instead of using Compress::Zlib, MIME::Base64, MD5), etc? If this applies to you, then you've been working too hard to write your own code, and not working hard enough to improve your ability to write good code.

To your credit, your two favorite modules are heavyweights -- having control of CGI and DBI is nothing to sneeze at, and you can cover a lot of ground without getting bored. (Let's face it, you couldn't do what you normally do without them.)

is some of this other stuff marginal and/or just for elegance?

If you browse CPAN without a specific need in mind, yes, you will come across some marginal (even frivolous or downright pointless) modules. Maybe a lot of them. But quite a few things that you haven't tried yet do happen to be mission-critical and highly valuable for other people.

For example, there are whole classes of crucial apps that cannot be done without fork(), and the fact that you have not been involved in developing such apps (yet) just means that you haven't been in that particular line of work. (Indeed, it may be relatively rare for a CGI- or DBI-based app to use fork.) So, yes, you've been leading a sheltered life in that respect. Maybe that's a bit like saying a plumber leads a sheltered life because he hasn't used a torque wrench or a timing light -- which has nothing to do with how good a plumber he is -- but if you like the idea of being adaptable (like someone who can do both plumbing and car repair), then it's time to get your hands dirty with some different kinds of work.


In reply to Re: Life beyond CGI and DBI by graff
in thread Life beyond CGI and DBI by punchcard_don

Title:
Use:  <p> text here (a paragraph) </p>
and:  <code> code here </code>
to format your post; it's "PerlMonks-approved HTML":



  • Posts are HTML formatted. Put <p> </p> tags around your paragraphs. Put <code> </code> tags around your code and data!
  • Titles consisting of a single word are discouraged, and in most cases are disallowed outright.
  • Read Where should I post X? if you're not absolutely sure you're posting in the right place.
  • Please read these before you post! —
  • Posts may use any of the Perl Monks Approved HTML tags:
    a, abbr, b, big, blockquote, br, caption, center, col, colgroup, dd, del, div, dl, dt, em, font, h1, h2, h3, h4, h5, h6, hr, i, ins, li, ol, p, pre, readmore, small, span, spoiler, strike, strong, sub, sup, table, tbody, td, tfoot, th, thead, tr, tt, u, ul, wbr
  • You may need to use entities for some characters, as follows. (Exception: Within code tags, you can put the characters literally.)
            For:     Use:
    & &amp;
    < &lt;
    > &gt;
    [ &#91;
    ] &#93;
  • Link using PerlMonks shortcuts! What shortcuts can I use for linking?
  • See Writeup Formatting Tips and other pages linked from there for more info.
  • Log In?
    Username:
    Password:

    What's my password?
    Create A New User
    Chatterbox?
    and the web crawler heard nothing...

    How do I use this? | Other CB clients
    Other Users?
    Others making s'mores by the fire in the courtyard of the Monastery: (9)
    As of 2019-02-21 09:24 GMT
    Sections?
    Information?
    Find Nodes?
    Leftovers?
      Voting Booth?
      I use postfix dereferencing ...









      Results (109 votes). Check out past polls.

      Notices?
      • (Sep 10, 2018 at 22:53 UTC) Welcome new users!