[Melbourne-pm] just my opinion

Ryan, Martin G Martin.G.Ryan at team.telstra.com
Wed Sep 17 16:29:56 PDT 2008

JT> ... people have different thinking styles. 

That's why perl tries hard to be reasonably good at many codding paradigms - its willing to "play ball" no matter what choice of approach you think is best for the problem.  Those ones with all the rules - they're the ones that force your mind to adapt to the language's way of doing things rather than the other way around. 

JT> I need to have rules and stuff ...

Maybe.  Maybe not.  I thought I did until I realized that what I was really after was the warm and fuzzy feeling that I was writing code the right way.  TMTOWTDI was frustrating - "there should be one obvious way!"  It wasn't until I read some of Larry's gems - I don't remember where - like, "don't pull faces when you read someone else's code" and "its ok we'll let you talk perl baby talk", that I come to realize that codding is more fun and efficient when you stop *always* looking for the right way.


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