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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • bike shed (Score:2, Interesting)

    by gav (2710) on 2003.04.18 12:20 (#19275) Homepage Journal

    I think the "bike shed" metaphor is a good one in this case:

    you can go in to the board of directors and get approval for building a multi-million or even billion dollar atomic power plant, but if you want to build a bike shed you will be tangled up in endless discussions.

    From A bike shed (any colour will do) [freebsd.org]

    The docs are a good reference but probably not the best thing to learn Perl from. That's not necessarily a bad thing, nor does it make Perl unfriendly to "newbies". There's such a wealth of decent books to help out. I learnt by reading through "Learning Perl" a couple of times and kept "Programming Perl" by my side as I dived into things.

    If people do need volunteers to help clean up things I'd be more than happy to help, but I feel that it would be better as a top-down project than bottom-up, splitting the documentation into managable parts etc, rather than a general call to make things better. That's just my opinion, I may be wrong.