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Re: PerlMonks for newbies?

by salazar (Scribe)
on Feb 07, 2009 at 20:18 UTC ( #742163=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to PerlMonks for newbies?

I dislike this idea. Mostly, as other people have said, because it creates more ground to cover -- and in the end, I don't think the new site would be frequented by experts.

As for the site interface, well that's life. I don't mind it at all. It takes a bit of getting used to, but it's fine. And as a side note, all of the Perl coding I've done so far (albeit I've only been working with it for a few days) has been from the command line. If somebody comes along who absolutely cannot use a site that's not 100% AJAX powered and flashy, they probably aren't going to like coding in any language.

Still, I am not going to deny that you make one strong point - the environment. As a newbie to Perl, I feel out of place asking, even in the chatter box, something quick while looking at all the advanced stuff going on.

What I would suggest is adding a section for beginners, where simple questions could be asked. It would probably also help to emphasize these tutorials at the top of that section or whatnot. Because even if newbie questions are completely welcome, it doesn't feel like they are to somebody just getting started with Perl and PM.

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Re^2: PerlMonks for newbies?
by Lawliet (Curate) on Feb 07, 2009 at 21:01 UTC
    it creates more ground to cover

    Heh, after playing Risk 12/7 for the past week, I can further the above metaphor (jokingly, of course).

    Using the traditional Risk map, and not taking into account pretty much anything, I would say technically inclined websites are Europe, and beginners to the internet are mainland North America. (Don't worry about the fact that one continent is made of websites and the other people.) PerlMonks is perhaps Spain (the blue #7 on the map). Greenland and Iceland (yellow #5, blue #2) are, obviously, for technically inclined people; they know HTML, CSS, and maybe can put together a computer if given instructions. (Have I lost you?) The branch of PM is probably Quebec (yellow #8) as you describe it.

    As you can see, it is not the best strategical move. However, if you are successful, there is possibility a bridge may be built to connect the two countries. If that were true, then there would be a bunch of newbies here in Programming land. Newbies, who, of course, know Perl. That leaves Spain weak, and able to be taken over!

    My batterty is running low and there is no power source in sight so I will leave you to imagine the rest.

    By the way, PHP is probably somewhere around Peru...

    (Note that I wanted to incorporate the online communities map but got too lazy to really think it though.)

    And you didn't even know bears could type.

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