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  • What you need to realise is that the vast majority of the Perl (or PERL!) programmers in the world have no contact at all with the Perl community. Most programming languages don't have a community like ours so a new programmer won't necessary go looking for it. Most Perl books don't emphasise the community aspect of Perl, many of the most popular ones don't even mention it.

    I'm not at all surprised by the number of Perl programmers who happily exist outside of the community. I _am_ surprised by the number of people who are surprised by this.

    Now, if you have any ideas on how we can reach out and involve those programmers, then there are a large number of people who would love to hear them.
    • I would still put a lot more stock in a programmer who is "plugged in" to the community. Anyone who's got six years of experience with Perl or PERL (hey ... I got six years!) could benefit extremely from contact with the community. We all know there are good books and bad books out there. Most programmers do their learning from those books. Those who are in contact with the community have additional sense about how to evaluate those books, as well as the accelerated reinforcement of learning that contac

      J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
    • Most Perl books don't emphasise the community aspect of Perl, many of the most popular ones don't even mention it.

      Which means that most of those books were written by people that were not "plugged in" as well. Which means that we probably have more of "blind leading the blind", because they won't be talking about cool things like the mailing lists and Perlmonks and the CPAN.

      And if that's the only place where a person got his "PERL" knowledge, then he's also not a very effective Perl programmer. He

      • Randal L. Schwartz
      • Stonehenge
    • For the French translation of the Camel book (3rd ed.), we conviced O'Reilly France to insert a page long presentation of the French Perl Mongers (it was just Paris, back then). That was easy to do, since the three translators and the reviewer were from

      The text appeared in chapter one, which most people overlook(*) anyway, so I don't know if anybody noticed...

      (*) OK, I do read chapters 1. But then I often overlook most of the other chapters...