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Re^3: So, just what exactly is it about Perl?

by monoxide (Beadle)
on Nov 09, 2004 at 23:01 UTC ( #406554=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

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in thread So, just what exactly is it about Perl?

Probably the fact i didn't realise there was a command line tool for accessing the docs. I am used to having either text file, or .doc or decent online documentation/tutorials (damn windows users). But i know alot of people who don't want to learn perl because of a percieved lack of online documentation and tutorials and places for help. A few i have refered here, but i don't know if they have ever looked.
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Re^4: So, just what exactly is it about Perl?
by ikegami (Pope) on Nov 09, 2004 at 23:18 UTC
    In unix, man perl works as expected. In Windows, ActivePerl installs HTML documentation and I think it creates a shortcut to it., and all have HTML versions of the documentation. Am I missing something?

      I don't think you or BUU are missing anything except the perspective of the newly arrived immigrant. Perl has a great doc base but I didn't know about any of it till I'd been coding perl for almost a year. It's nobody's fault, it's that Perl attracts those who don't have a programming background. Many of the hackers here are computer scientists and engineers but a lot of the hackers in perl at large are English majors, designers, linguists, biologists, etc who, being self-taught, may well have never heard of "man" or "perldoc" and don't know where to turn for help besides the top matches on Google for perl like, unfortunately, Matt's Script Archive.

        You say "top matches on google", but when I do a search for "perl" on google just now, my top matches are:
        3. Cpan
        4. Activestate
        All of which have links to online documentation. Are these links not good enough? Are they hard to find?

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