in reply to Professional Monks

It almost sounds as if enough interest might exist in this for a whole new site to be founded, a non-denominational coding professionals community, if you will.

Editors of said site (which I'll refer to here as "Professional Coders" because I make up boring names for things at the drop of a hat) would attempt to prevent said flame wars of language purists and zealots. It could be built on the Everything engine as well, and focus primarily on workplace issues for coders. There'd be no reason code could not show up, in some sort of "Code Review Only" area. Copious links to toolsets/tutorials/etc. for various languages would enhance anybody's useability for any language.

The problems with this idea being (in order of importance) that I cannot (due to (inexperience|lack of time)) start it, that nobody else would do so at this point in time, and that it might not be a good idea anyway.

You are what you think.

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Re: Re: Professional Monks
by pvh (Initiate) on Aug 23, 2002 at 21:34 UTC
    The comments presented here remind me of "The Pragmatic Programmer". TPP is a book about how to program better instead of a language reference.

    I learned a tremendous amount from that book, and I think a section dedicated to passing on knowledge from wiser, more experience programmers to acolytes would be an excellent resource.

    I would prefer to see it under the auspices of the Monastery. The Monastery has a community in place, wise elders and a reputation for intelligent debate. Perhaps "Philosophical Questions" would be the right name for such a section -- questions of workplace ethics, design principals, and tools (all with, of course, a strong Perl focus) could find their way there.

    This seems Pragmatic to me.