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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • I think those were my useless bloviations, and I disagree that they were useless. We argued about this, Tom and I, when we rewrote the FAQ. I argued for just pointing to modules. He argued, convincingly, that that's not teaching people how to fish, that's just giving them a Fish McButtplugget.

    "Read the file, write a temporary file reflecting your change, move temp file over original file" is a classic programming idiom, and any programmer worth his or her salt needs to know that. By all means point th

    • by jhi (318) <jhi@iki.fi> on 2002.03.02 13:30 (#5339) Homepage Journal
      The question is whether the purpose of a FAQ is to teach people to fish. I don't think it is. I think I can safely say that I'm a programming geek, and I still think just handing out Fish McButtpluggets is fine. Most people should never be sent out to the Beringian see in trawlers: it's the deadliest profession in the world.
       
      • Agreed; the FAQ is primarily for use by people who are just going to use the easy answer anyway. They can purchase the Cookbook for a more in-depth response, or we can spinoff a larger FMTYEWTK series ...