[Melbourne-pm] beginner at Perl trying to learn it
scottp at dd.com.au
Tue Aug 19 05:54:43 PDT 2008
This is slightly off topic, but I thought it would be good to say and
see what people think...
are uncanny, right down to the way classes are built. (don't dig too
deep into this - I am not trying to compare, but they are similar).
But what has driven me nuts is the 101 ways to do anything. And that
each method has advantages and disadvantages. And that each person on
the net describes their way as perfect. And that I spend a lot of time
looking at the source code of the library because the documentation is
Anyway... it struck me reading this thread that my frustrations with
it makes such sense it actually fits in my brain... just like perl.
library front. CPAN rocks. I am working quite a bit with the ExtJS
framework, and it is a fantastic framework, can't pick on it at all
from code perspective. But imagine doing this for perl.
* Installing a module requires you finding code in a Forum thread, cut
and pasting it into a file somewhere. Reading the text of the forum to
find any other dependencies, finding them in forum threads and getting
their text cut and paste into a file somewhere.
* Looking through documentation of a module and trying to find out how
to use it, e.g. what are the important methods, and seeing every
single base method inherited or otherwise. Having to scroll down to
the instantiating method to read how to get started, which usually
appears about 3/4 the way through the doc, after the 100s of
configurable options. (when complaining about this I was told just to
hide the inherited methods, but then you don't see which methods are
important vs not - which comes back to one thing I think is best -
manual documentation, writing what the user needs to know - not the
other two methods: everything or nothing).
documentation reminds me of JavaDoc. And modules remind me of Visual
Basic programming in the early 90s.
So apart from my little complaint above, I have had a brief
introduction to how it must be for people who come to Perl where it
hasn't yet "clicked" in the brain. But once it does... you won't get
it out :-) (evil laugh here... or just thehehe).
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