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  • This argument is meant to compose my thoughts on a possible explanation why the Java user group is much more active than the Perl user group - a mystery that I'd like to solve so I can do something about. It isn't meant to be flame bait thought if you have strong feelings, flame away. However listing all of the reasons I might be wrong isn't helpful to me or anyone. Here are some suggestions for how you might constructively comment on this:

    If not attending is an act of laziness, could it be turned into
    • Why bother worrying about it? I don't understand. Meetings are not going to make better programmers. Going [back?] to college is going to teach you more theory, which will make you a stronger programmer. However, school also tends to teach you nothing about practical programming concerns and practices. This is experience is gained by going out on the net, searching, downloading other people's code, reading bug reports, trying software, doing performance tests, weighing features and drawbacks, and if yo
  • they want to put their group membership on their resume, make contacts, and actually learn technical things - three things that Perl programmers have little desire in.

    I take issue with at least two of those. Two of the reasons I go to meetings is to meet new and interesting people, who are doing new and interesting technical things -- or, at least, old things in a new and interesting fashion. They're not just excuses to go along and drink beer...