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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • by Odud (1047) on 2002.01.22 11:04 (#3510) Journal
    I think you are largely right in saying there are two kinds of people. At work I often say "if you can spare 5 minutes I can show you a better/smarter/quicker/neater way to do that" the response is normally "no thanks, what I have works and that is all I care about".

    People who are interested in learning more are rare. Those that want to will, those that don't won't and it is hard to change this. This is not just for Perl but covers nearly everything they do. There has been a recent thread at PerlMonks covering programmer motivation to get around this sort of behavoir.

    Maybe it's because people don't get given objectives that stretch them - they tend to be of the "maintain system X to perform within the agreed levels" rather than "improve your skills so that you reduce the time spent supporting system X by 20%".

    Perhaps a best seller would be "Just enough Perl to convince your boss that you know what you're doing and are worth keeping on" (Perhaps you might need a shorter title?)