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by vroom (His Eminence)
on Mar 30, 2001 at 11:44 UTC ( [id://68307] : quest . print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??
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I'm notoriously bad at coming up with new poll ideas. Help me out here please. You probably won't get awarded any extra XP even if this is a quest cuz that equals additional work for me. However, if I find your poll idea worthy I can add it to a pool of potential polls for the future. Then I just need to write a script and add it to my crontab.

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Re: poll ideas quest
by OzzyOsbourne (Chaplain) on Mar 30, 2001 at 17:55 UTC

    Update: CowboyNeal.

    Which would you rather give up:

    • CowboyNeal
    • Perl
    • ,
    • mustard,
    • or DVD's?

    Before Perl, I coded mostly in:

    • Pascal,
    • VB,
    • C,
    • Cobol,
    • Basic,
    • Klingon

    When I code, I listen primarily to:

    • CowboyNeal
    • Rock,
    • Pop,
    • Techno
    • Rap,
    • R&B,
    • Oldies,
    • Classical,
    • "Alternative",
    • Kenny G. Rules!,
    • The little voice sings for me.

    My job is:

    • full of Perl Monks,
    • Perl Friendly,
    • Perl Hostile
    • Perl Bailey?

    Right now, my boss thinks that I'm:

    • CowboyNeal
    • coding,
    • documenting,
    • doing a status report,
    • which boss?,
    • working late..mmm kay?

    My primary O/S is:

    • Unix,
    • Linux,
    • BeOs,
    • *BSD
    • Windows,
    • OS/2
    • DOS
    • I wrote my own O/S

    I use a:

    • PC
    • Mac
    • Dumb terminal
    • C64
    • Timex Sinclair
    • Rock and stick make noise

    Computers have:

    • Made me socially inept
    • Brought me out of my shell a little
    • Made me the HIT of my office
    • given me access to more military plans than I thought imaginable
    • Made me a porn star!


      Very nice! But a couple of choices you missed...
      On the music one... where's techno et al?!?! Don't tell me I'm the only person listening to techno/trance/etc right now..
      On the OS one, you probably should have listed *BSD too. Those weirdos using BSD tend to be odd when you leave them out (Yeah, they could always choose "Unix", but if you have an option for Linux....).


        Hey now. I'm listening to trance (X-Dream) right now on my FreeBSD box. Does that make me a double weirdo?


        Disclaimer: This post may contain inaccurate information, be habit forming, cause atomic warfare between peaceful countries, speed up male pattern baldness, interfere with your cable reception, exile you from certain third world countries, ruin your marriage, and generally spoil your day. No batteries included, no strings attached, your mileage may vary.
        Last five songs in my playlist:
        Warren Zevon: Lawyers, Guns and Money
        Veruca Salt: Earth Crosser
        John Barry Orchestra: Theme from James Bond: On Her Majesty's Secret Service
        Red Hot Chili Peppers: Right On Time
        Enya: Carribean Blue

        I'm sure there is Trance coming up. Now, what would I vote??? =)

        $you = new YOU;
        honk() if $you->love(perl)

        He left out jazz, too. Nina Simone, Jane Monheit, and, of course, Thelonius Sphere Monk.</p


        e(π√−1) = −1
      Unfortunately, your polls ideas tend to assume mutual exclusion of things that aren't necessarily exclusive.

      For example, in the last poll, what happens if you're someone who was rendered socially inept by access to computers, but, due to recently being outed as a porn star with acess to military secrets, you're now the hit of your office, which of course, brought you out of your shell a little?

        If you come out of your shell, does that put you into your GUI?
      How could you leave Jazz out of the music list? It is the only thing that keeps me level enough to focus on perl between trips to the coffee maker, ciggarettes, and trips to the bathroom.
      1. I would rather give up DVDs. 2. Before Perl, i coded mostly in VB. 3. When i code, i listen primarily to Oldies. 4. My job is Perl friendly. 5. Right now, my boss thinks that i am coding. 6. My primary OS is linux and windows. 7. I use a PC. 8. Computers have Brought me out of my shell a little.

      "My primary O/S is:"

      You left off emacs from your OS list.

      Favorite OS: Add iOS, Chrome, and Adroid.

Re: poll ideas quest
by yojimbo (Monk) on Mar 30, 2001 at 14:12 UTC
    Some quick ideas (don't know if they've been done before)

    • Which monk pictures do you find most cute/scary/disturbing?
    • Which other programming language would you learn if you only had more time?
    • How much time can you waste in PerlMonks in one day/week/lifetime (eg 1 hour, 2 hours, > 1 day, "time is never wasted on PM"...)?
    • Which killer node would you write if only you had the skillz (eg teleport, smite user, /msg aliens, etc)?
    • Where would you expect to find the greatest gathering of Perl Monks (eg, here, at a Perl Mongers conference, linux installfest, under a rock, etc)?
    • Which cartoon character do you most resemble (eg Dogbert, Dilbert, Yosemite Sam, Asterix...)?
    • Which cartoon character most resembles Perl?
    • How many miles would you walk for a camel?
    • Which mind-altering substance helps most with Perl hacking?
    • What's your favourite music for coding to?

    Ummm... now I've even run out of crap ideas. I'm sure someone else can do better :-)

    (PS: Do I get my XP now? Huh? Please..?)

      How about an open-ended question: What's your most embarrassing computer-related moment?

      I'll go first:

      I was messing around with .htacc files (as the webmaster of a small but fairly important website within the organization) and I saw a line that was commented that had something about having your own "custom" error page. Just to see if it would work, I put in

      For some reason, I left it in there and my boss called me into his office a few weeks later and said someone had called him asking about some strange error message they had gotten.

      No real way to talk yourself out of that one.

        Many years ago I interviewed for a job as a Sun (SunOS-- before Solaris) administrator... I had already had several years of Sun-related hardware, OS and software engineering (drivers, utilities mostly) under my belt. However, the organization I had worked for OEM'd the equipment and custom racked everything... back to the story... so I interviewed pretty good and the guy took me for a tour of the computer room... so far so good. Finally after a bit we ended-up on the other side in that sort of casual "leaning-up against the equipment chit-chatting" sort of way and I remarked "So, where are the suns?" He got a sorta strange look on his face and said "You're leaning up against one!" Needless to say I didn't get the job :( even though I knew the innards inside and out-- was even the version I was used to at the time-- Sun-4M... but I'd never seen one with the skins on or even what sun's skins looked like.... (bummer)
      Personality you admire the most

    • Larry Wall
    • Linus Torvalds
    • Mahatma Gandhi
    • Steve Jobs
    • Bill Gates
    • George Bush
    • Others
Re: poll ideas quest
by Zoogie (Curate) on Mar 30, 2001 at 21:49 UTC
    Some of these I came up with for the Linux Users Group at Georgia Tech page, but many apply to coding in general:
    • I prefer sleeping...
      • During the Night
      • During the Day
      • When I'm Tired
      • Sleep is Unintentional Downtime
    • Favorite Unix Holy War (by Buddy Smith)
      • Pine vs. Elm
      • Emacs vs. Vim
      • Gnome vs. KDE
      • GUI vs. Console
      • Lihnucks vs. Lynucks
    • Worst command to run as root
      • rm -rf /
      • killall -9 init
      • dd if=/dev/urandom of=/dev/hda
      • make install
    • Number of different OS's I've run Perl on
      • One
      • Two
      • 3-5
      • 5+
      • My brain has a built-in 5.6.0 compiler.
    • Best way to get a bug fixed.
      • File a bug report.
      • Whine, whine, whine.
      • Kill the coder (they're replaceable, right?).
      • Ha><0R the bO><oR
      • Make random noises.
      • Redefine the Unix epoch.
      • Troll Slashdot.
      • Reinstall WindowsTM.
    • What's the best way to untar tar.gz files? (by Lincoln Durey)
      • tar xzvf
      • tar -xzvf
      • alias unpack="tar xzvf"
      • zcat | tar xvf -
      • rpm --install

    It would be an interesting (if very highly unscientific) to see what differences there are in the poll responses on PerlMonks vs. on a LUG homepage...

    - Zoogie

      Best way to get a bug fixed.

      • DIY (it was a Linux poll question in a Perl forum, after all...
Re: poll ideas quest
by tune (Curate) on Mar 30, 2001 at 19:21 UTC
    Why do you use Perl?
    • Perl is my lover
    • I like it and want to develop myself
    • I get a bunch of money with it
    • Because regexp rocks!
    • Because its simplicity rocks
    • i hate to use it...
    • What is Perl?
    What are you doing while you go to work at the morning?
    • Staring in front of me
    • Finding out cute obfuscation snippets
    • grepping the other passengers by skin color, age, and sex
    • Working hard on my laptop/palm/gameboy
    • Laughing in myself about yesterday nights beer party

    -- tune

      What are you doing while you go to work at the morning?
      • walking in the Sierra foothills and pondering the beauty of creation

      Why do you use Perl? Because it's there.

Re: poll ideas quest
by iamcal (Friar) on Mar 30, 2001 at 16:10 UTC
  • What's the funniest perl function (chomp,die,kill,sin,fork etc.)
      croak. Definitely croak.

      I was just in Asia teaching classes in Japan and Hong Kong, and I had to explain the 'croak' function. There was a sea of puzzled faces and then someone asked why it was called 'croak'. I realized that 'croak' is colloquial English, almost slang, and people who speak English as a second or third language are likely to know it only as the noise a frog makes, and not understand the connection with 'die'.

      So I put my hands around my neck and croaked, and they got it.

        So now tell me how you'd mime "carp" to them (btw, carp is the funniest perl function ;-)

        Shutdown. You can confuse it with reboot (both are syscalls, but reboot is not a perl function, as it is highly system-dependent).

        Nice story:-)

        I never thought about it that way. I'm not a native English speaker, but I never bother to find out how it translates into my language. I just naturally see it, as the way I imagine it, croaking means spraying some curses before it dies considering the lines it throws. It's been one of my fave functions ever since I knew it and use it all the time for big programs despite hurting my eyes by looking at the error log when something goes bad.

      I'd have to go with fork. I once wrote an application which involved a forking Soap server... I could hardly say the words "forking Soap server" without giggling uncontrollably.

      They say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.

      —Andy Warhol

        Hehe yeah I had a similar experience. I had an OS professor with a pretty bad french accent who was trying to explain forking a process: "When you want to have children, you have to fork" And he couldn't understand why we would laugh everytime he explained it, so he repeated it often. :)
Re: poll ideas quest
by wombat (Curate) on Mar 30, 2001 at 22:42 UTC
    What you say!! I got XP as a result of this quest! I just upvoted the comments until I got one point! :-D Seriously. How 'bout we get no points now, but 20 points if you use one of our ideas as a future poll.

    What do you take into the bath/shower with you?
    • A rubber duck
    • A rubber camel
    • A waterproof pen so I can code by writing on the walls.
    • An umbrella (so I don't get wet)
    • Why shower?
    • Vroom/Cowboy Neil
    What's the best way to prank your cubicle/office mate
    • The old underwear up the company flagpole routine
    • Forging a note from the boss stating that the next project is to be coded in Aramaic.
    • Angry lobsters in the desk drawer!
    • Waiting until they pass out from too much coding, tying them to their chair, naked, with a note taped to their chest saying "Have a happy Saturnalia", covering them in office condiments such as non-dairy creamer, and then wheeling them to a department on the other side of the building.
    • Replace his Perl binaries with Ruby.
    What does PERL stand for?
    • Partially Etherial Religious Life
    • Patented Evil-Removing Language
    • Poingent Erudite Ribald Lecture
    • Painless Effervescent Radient Lingo
    • Pasty Elastic Relaxing Larry
    • Very Respected Object Oriented Manufacturer
    What's the best part about the Monastery?
    • Our holy water is Mountain Dew.
    • "Hail Larry" rhymes with "Hail Mary"
    • Fewer difficult names (such as Zerubbabel, Eliakim, and Rehoboam) in our holy texts.
    • CPAN gives us a limited sense of what omniscience feels like.
    • We all really dig eachother!
    I'm gonna add more! Just you wait!

      We're still waiting ...

      (so many nodes and so little time ... )

      -- for using "prank" as a verb.

      I saw (er, heard) that on a kids TV show, and I'm apalled at what they are teaching our youngsters!

      How 'bout we get no points now, but 20 points if you use one of our ideas as a future poll.

      And, behold, half of your request has come true. You can still get XP for a poll idea, but if one is turned to a poll, the pollsters change the ownership of the poll node to you, so monks can vote on it and you can get XP for it like for normal writeups. This is no fresh change now, it's happened a few years ago.

        Yeah, but 20 points ain't that easy to come by on a poll. :) I find it ironic that it was an April 1st poll that got it.

Re: poll ideas quest
by jorg (Friar) on Mar 30, 2001 at 14:22 UTC
    What is the % of people in your team/departement that are "Perl aware"?

    That would be like 10% for my situation (hint: there are about 10 people in my team)


    "Do or do not, there is no try" -- Yoda
      Hi There

      Not more that 5% people in my organisation can speak Perl. I am lucky one amongst them. Trust me I started programming in Perl from Jan 2001 and I really enjoy it.

      Regards to All Monks


        About 5% can do so in my organisation, needless to say we are a special task force for hopeless cases ;-)
      100%, but then again "It is lonely at the top".


      "If you have four groups working on a compiler, you'll get a 4-pass compiler." - Conway's Law

      My wife is 100% familiar with Perl. She wants to beat her senseless so she can have some time with me. :-)
Re: poll ideas quest
by Adam (Vicar) on Mar 30, 2001 at 23:17 UTC
    What kind of software do you write in Perl?
    • Sys-Admin scripts and utilities
    • Networking scripts via the Libnet (Net::*) modules
    • CGI script
    • Video games
    • Servers
    • Compilers
    • Just JAPHs and other Obfuscations
    • I just do one-liners!
    • Oh!, software - that's what Perl is for!
    Outdoor activites
    • Ride Bicycle
    • Soccer
    • Hiking / Backpacking
    • Astronomy
    • Swimming
    • Surfing
    • Water Polo
    • Other
    • Allergic to the sun
    Favorite Color
    • #FF0000
    • #800000
    • #FF0000
    • #FF00FF
    • #808080
    • #000000
    • #808000
    • #00FF00
    • #0000FF
      #FF0000... No, #0000FF!


        Look, if you were really dying, you wouldn't type out "Arrgghhhh!".
      How is it that #FF0000 and #FF0000 are the same but different?
      And then you'll need an "I'm colour blind" option for some of the people in my office.
Re: poll ideas quest
by Beatnik (Parson) on Mar 30, 2001 at 20:17 UTC
  • How many times you tried convincing non perl programmers to give it a try (5 or less, 10, 20, 40, 50+)
  • How long it takes you to explain (RE|OO|...) to a newbie (5 or less, 10, 20, 40, 50+)

  • How many perl tutorials you have written (or attempted to write) (5 or less, 10, 20, 40, 50+)
  • Reasons why you think people should give you your perl books back ASAP
    1. So you can borrow em to other people
    2. They look nice on your bookshelf
    3. So you can brag how many perl books you have
    4. So you can read em again, and again and again
    5. So you know which ones you don't have yet
    6. You like the smell of used books
  • Where/when do you think about code?
    1. Work (during coffee break, during work, during meeting,..)
    2. Bathroom (in bath tub, while brushing teeth, while peeing,...)
    3. Bedroom (while trying to get some sleep, during sex,...)
    4. Other places (park, while driving home, while jogging,...)
    5. I dont think about that stuff, I just code

    ... Quidquid perl dictum sit, altum viditur.
      Avoid poll ideas that beg the question. I don't have perl books, and if I did, I'd let people borrow my copies indefinately.
Re: poll ideas quest
by MF (Scribe) on Mar 30, 2001 at 19:03 UTC
    What is your favourite beverage/brand?
  • Coffee
  • Coca-Cola
  • Pepsi
  • Other cola brand
  • Apple juice
  • Espresso
  • Capuccino
  • Mountain Dew
  • Red Bull
  • Jolt
  • Black Booster
  • Milk
  • Multi-Vitamin Fruit Juice
  • Alcoholic beverage
  • You don't want to know
  • Other
        Gotta be careful what country you are talking about =) In Canada, Dr. Pepper is distributed exclusively by Pepsi Co. Woooo

        /me chugs a 2L

        Wikipedia saith:
        In the United States, Dr Pepper/Seven Up, Inc. does not have a complete network of bottlers and distributors, so it is sometimes bottled under contract by Coca-Cola or Pepsi bottlers... In Canada, Cadbury-Schweppes has licensed distribution rights to PepsiCo. In Germany, Mexico, France, Sweden, The Netherlands, Slovakia, Finland, Austria, the Czech Republic, Belgium, and Norway, Cadbury-Schweppes owns the trademark and distributes the product. In all of the other countries of the world, the Coca-Cola Company purchased the trademark from Cadbury-Schweppes and distributes the product. This mixed worldwide ownership of the trademark is due to anti-trust regulations which prevented Coca-Cola from purchasing the rights everywhere.
        -- gam3
        A picture is worth a thousand words, but takes 200K.
      What happened to 'The Blood of Innocents'!? It's healthy, refreshing, and good to the last drop!
Re: poll ideas quest
by arturo (Vicar) on Mar 30, 2001 at 22:08 UTC

    Why do birds suddenly appear every time that you're near?

    • Just like me, they long to be ...
      • coding perl
      • debating the merits of emacs vs. vi
      • Making jokes about poor Pater
      • circumventing site security measures
      • Robo
      • sucking flavoured ink out of a fountain pen

    Philosophy can be made out of anything. Or less -- Jerry A. Fodor

Re: poll ideas quest
by one4k4 (Hermit) on Mar 30, 2001 at 18:43 UTC
    How many times a day do you have to slap yourself because you realize you're speaking in code.

    Hey, give me a break. Its friday. :)

    _14k4 - (
      I've never done that, but when I'm outside, I often look at trees, grass, etc, in awe, wondering how many polygons it would take to get that level of detail. :)


        I often ++ or -- things I say, or comments people have. I often write simple sentences in code, just to confuse people. I should change my signature to some obfus code. My license is up for renewal in July. :)

        _14k4 - (
(zdog) Re: poll ideas quest
by zdog (Priest) on Mar 31, 2001 at 02:22 UTC
    Reason for coming to PerlMonks for the first time:
    • Wanted to learn Perl
    • Wanted to showoff Perl skills
    • Wanted to learn Perl to showoff skills later
    • Was looking for jewelry
    • Wanted to become more holy
    • Was lonely
    • CowboyNeal

    Zenon Zabinski | zdog |

Re: poll ideas quest
by tune (Curate) on Mar 30, 2001 at 20:57 UTC
    Who created Perl?
    • Larry Wall
    • Weird Al
    • Randal L. Schwartz
    • Probably God
    • Bill Gates
    • Snoopy

    UPDATE : i added some funnier entries

    -- tune

Re: poll ideas quest
by mr.nick (Chaplain) on Apr 01, 2001 at 00:30 UTC
    What is the first computer you owned?

    • TRS-80 Model 1
    • TRS-80 Model 3
    • Timex/Sinclar TI99/4a
    • Coco
    • Amiga
    • Apple ][
    • IBM PC
    • Atari
    • That HP luggable I forget the name to
    • Other

    What was the first language you wrote a program in?

    • BASIC
    • Assembly
    • C
    • C++
    • Pascal
    • Fortran
    • Cobol
    • Perl

    Do you think integrated development environemts for HTML are

    • Good, because they abstract you
    • Bad, because they abstract you
    • Are helpful
    • Create people who know nothing
    • Allow non-tech people to write pages
      You forgot the Ataris. I love my 600XL! I still look at it fondly every time I dig through that part of the closet.
        first: vic-20
        second: c-64 with my sister's favorite cassette tapes used to save programs
        third: trash-80's at school
        i really dig my bosses answer: we used punch cards
          What is the first computer you owned?

      Wirewrapped the thing myself. Built it from scratch after extrapolating the design from an Intel Appnote. Ran with a whopping 64K of memory at 2MHz and wrote all my code in MCS-85 assembler and hand assembled the code.

      And it was hot stuff "back in the day."

      Peter L. Berghold -- Unix Professional
      Peter -at- Berghold -dot- Net; AOL IM redcowdawg Yahoo IM: blue_cowdawg
Re: poll ideas quest
by PsychoSpunk (Hermit) on Mar 31, 2001 at 03:17 UTC
    Plain, simple, and surprisingly hasn't been done yet:

    I have been using the Internet for...

    • 0-3 years
    • 4-10 years
    • 11-15 years
    • 16-20 years
    • 21-30 years
    • I had one of the first hundred nodes on ARPAnet.
    • CowboyNeal
    • I don't use the Internet

    I chose the cut off years for the first two options based on the type of web that existed in each period. If you have been on for more than 3 years, you know what I'm talking about.

    Surprisingly, CowboyNeal makes sense in this poll.

    I was almost tempted to add a 'Net option, but realized that it would invalidate my desire to not see a certain /. author.


Re: poll ideas quest
by extremely (Priest) on Mar 31, 2001 at 05:09 UTC
    Which Silly Poll Answer is the Silliest?
    • CowboyNeal
    • Bill Gates
    • Velveta™
    • Vroom's Grades
    • Other
    • NodeReaper
    • Buzz Off
    • I refuse to answer...

    Oops, there is another Idea:

    I refuse to answer on the grounds that

    • it might incriminate me.
    • the -- votes will only drag me further down.
    • it might intimidate me.
    • I wrote a bot and still couldn't answer as fast as some of the monks.
    • The timestamps let my boss know I'm goofing off at work.
    • NodeReaper

    $you = new YOU;
    honk() if $you->love(perl)

      I refuse to answer, on the grounds it might incinerate me.
Re: poll ideas quest
by scottstef (Curate) on Mar 31, 2001 at 07:46 UTC
    1. Favorite source of music while programming:
    a. shoutcast
    b. napster
    c. real player
    d. the flat/shiny thing that goes in the cup holder
    e. What is a sound card?

    2. Favorite editor:
    a. Vi/Vim
    b. Xemacs/Emacs
    c. UltraEdit
    d. notepad

    3. What language would you use if Perl didn't exist?
    a. Shell
    b. Basic
    c. Java
    d. dos batch file it

    4. Biggest disruption when writing code:
    a. Perl Monks- having fun in the chatter box
    b. Family
    c. the boss
    d. Meetings to blow an hour and accomplish Nothing

    5. Things I wish I could change about my job:
    a. More Money$$
    b. Less Meetings
    c. Bigger Cube
    d. More Time off
    e. Better/Free snacks/drinks

    6. Things ever job must have
    a. Season tickets to everything
    b. Wet bar in every cube
    c. >21" monitors
    d. Lazy Boys for office furniture
    e. Milton from office space in the cube next to you.

    Update: fixed a typo at the suggestion of dws

Re: poll ideas quest
by KM (Priest) on Apr 05, 2001 at 00:00 UTC
    I like Perl because:
    • CowboyNeal
    • CowboyNeal
    • CowboyNeal
    • CowboyNeal
    • CowboyNeal

    My Favorite OS is

    • CowboyNealOS
    • FreeCowboyNeal
    • OpenCowboyNeal
    • LiCowboyNealux
    • BeCowboyNeal

    May favorite pattern match is:

    • /^CowboyNeal/
    • /^CowboyNeal$/
    • /(Cowboy|Neal)/
    • /CowboyNeal.*/
    • /CowboyNeal/
    I keep my perl at:
    • /usr/local/bin/CowboyNeal
    • /usr/bin/CowboyNeal
    • c:\Perl\CowboyNeal.exe
    • /opt/bin/CowboyNeal
    • HD:CowboyNeal f:CowboyNeal
    My Favorite Editor is:
    • vCowboyNeal
    • emacCowboyNeals
    • piCowboyNeal
    • NoteCowboyNeal
    • elCowboyNealvis

    Best Perl 5.6 Feature is:

    • CowboyNeal()
    • CowboyNeal() emulation on Win32
    • Lexical CowboyNeals
    • Autovivfying CowboyNeal
    • vCowboyNeal.12.34 notation


(jcwren) Re: poll ideas quest
by jcwren (Prior) on Mar 30, 2001 at 21:52 UTC

    So far, everyone one of these polls is flawed. Not a single one offers the 'CowboyNeal' option. And I ain't taken no stinkin' poll if ain't got the 'CowboyNeal' option.


    e-mail jcwren

      jcwren is:

      • A crotchety old man
      • Timeless
      • Way too obsessed with PerlMonks stats
      • CowboyNeal
      • Pissed at tye
      • Other
      • All of the above

              - tye (but my friends call me "Tye")
      True, true. Conversly, they also need something along the lines of "There is no K5 cabal."


Re: poll ideas quest
by LD2 (Curate) on Mar 31, 2001 at 03:41 UTC
    First or Favorite(or Preferred) Web Browser:
    • Internet Explorer
    • Netscape
    • Mosiac
    • Opera
    • Lynx
    • Other
    • Telnet
    Favorite LAN Game:
    • Age of Empires
    • Quake
    • Starcraft
    • MechWarrior
    • Heros of Might and Magic
    • Diabolo
    • Other
    Favorite(or Hated) Debates:
    • Java vs. Perl
    • ASP/PHP vs. Perl
    • Delphi vs. VB
    • C# vs. Java
    • *nix vs. Windows
    • MS SQL vs. Oracle
    • IIS vs. Apache
    • Other

    Update: added telnet per PsionicMan's suggestion.. I'll try it one of these days. :)
      Hey, you missed my favorite web browser:


      Why, that's how I'm reading perlmonks right now.. just did a

      telnet 80

      get /

      Of course, it gets tiring having to do that for each page I want to load.. and I won't even begin to tell you how time-consuming it was to write this and then send it up to the server...


      First or Favorite(or Preferred) Web Browser: Chrome, FireFox, but i repeat myself. :)

      Either way, the list would benefit from an update.

(tye)Re: poll ideas quest
by tye (Sage) on Apr 03, 2001 at 08:58 UTC

    My favorite lie is:

    • The check is in the mail
    • Wasn't me!
    • I've never met that person before in my life! (or "Just a friend/co-worker")
    • No, Officer. (or the very popular: "Two beers")
    • No, that doesn't make you look (fat|stupid).
    • I know that!
    • It's not the size... (also, "That's alright; it happens to lots of guys")
    • Your call is very important to us...
    • But PerlMonks is work related.

            - tye (but my friends call me "Tye")
Re: poll ideas quest
by risacher (Beadle) on Mar 31, 2001 at 20:35 UTC
    Competing language whose own zealots are the most irritating:
    • Python
    • VB
    • php
    • C/C++
    • TCL
    • Java
    • elisp
    • French
Re: poll ideas quest
by strredwolf (Chaplain) on Mar 31, 2001 at 01:01 UTC
    Favorite Programming Language to imitate in Perl
    • Basic
    • C/C++
    • Pascal/Delphi
    • Bash Shell
    • Java
    • Tcl/Tk
    • Perl
    • vroom


Re: poll ideas quest
by frag (Hermit) on Mar 30, 2001 at 22:18 UTC
    Who's your favorite non-Perl monk? Choices: Francis of Assisi, Thomas Aquinas, Friar Tuck, The Dalai Lama, Bodhidharma, Thomas Merton, The Friar in The Canterbury Tales, David Carradine in Kung Fu, Bruce Lee in Enter the Dragon, or Thelonious Monk?

    Update: I can't believe I left out Thelonious.

    -- Frag.

Re: poll ideas quest
by greenFox (Vicar) on Apr 01, 2001 at 07:17 UTC
    my voting strategy is-

    • ++ good questions and answers
    • -- dumb questions and answers
    • ++ anything that makes me laugh
    • ++ Merlyn/favourite monk
    • -- (insert monk) who I suspect downvoted me
    • ++ coolness factor
    • I vote by best/worst nodes
    • random browse-by voting
    • who cares I vote for the XP
    • ++ CowboyNeal

    update: I thought of another one-

    my favourite section of the monastry is:

    my $chainsaw = 'Perl';

Re: poll ideas quest
by coreolyn (Parson) on Mar 31, 2001 at 00:12 UTC

    I'm curious as to what the results of the following would be:

    How many people are in your company?

    1-10<br< 10-50
Re: poll ideas quest
by Gremlin (Acolyte) on Apr 01, 2001 at 13:20 UTC
    Which is your favorite bumper sticker?

    • I left my wife for Perl
    • I'm no longer impotent...   I use Perl to spawn
    • Perl Monk on Board
    • The Matrix is coded in Perl
    • I dont have a car... I only drive on the Information Super Highway

      Linux, choice of a GNU generation.

      Actual bumper sticker at the time said Linux 95, but that is probably more worthless than Pepsi's old slogan.

Re: poll ideas quest
by wardk (Deacon) on Apr 02, 2001 at 19:40 UTC

    Your desktop's current uptime:

    • 365 Days +
    • 100-300 days
    • 10-100 days
    • 5-10 days
    • up since last blackout
    • I reboot my windows daily

    Reason for last downtime

    • accidentally kicked out the plug
    • new kernel
    • %&#@&! blackout
    • weather related outage
    • Hardware new/malfunction
    • blue screen of death
    • dead battery
    • Cowboy Neal
      Reason for last downtime
      • Noise reduction (no CPU fan noise or monitor whine from a powered down system)
      • Security. (A computer on a public network is much harder to hack when it's turned off.)
      Reason for last downtime
      • It was Windows
Re: poll ideas quest
by suaveant (Parson) on Apr 02, 2001 at 17:01 UTC
    How about, "Best Perl quote"

    'To Perl, or not to Perl'
    'Tis better to have Perled and lost, than never to have Perled at all'
    'Perl, I am your father...'
    'Its Perl, its Perl, its Perl, its in my head'
    'I've fallen, and I can't use Perl'
    'Wyld Perlyns RULE!'
    'I don't wanna work, I just wanna code on the Perl all day...'
    'What the hell is that camel doing in my bathroom'
    and finally
    'Larry Wall isn't a God, but he plays one on the Internet'

    don't mind me, I'm just feeling a bit silly this monday AM - Ant

Re: poll ideas quest
by cascadefx (Novice) on Mar 31, 2001 at 03:37 UTC
    When something on the computer doesn't work I:
    • Start up my trusty debugger
    • Start up my trusty programming environment
    • Start hacking a perl script to find and solve the problem
    • Start asking for help with a perl script that might fix the problem
    • Start swinging a baseball bat until it doesn't matter whether anything works or not
Re: poll ideas quest
by dws (Chancellor) on Apr 03, 2001 at 03:52 UTC
    Since I'm among friends, I'll admit that the majority of my bugs are caused by
    • Not checking error codes
    • Not being clear on list vs. scalar context
    • Inadequately tested regular expressions
    • Plain-old logic errors
    • Stupid typos
    • Other
Re: poll ideas quest
by tlm (Prior) on Apr 28, 2005 at 23:42 UTC

    Most of the Perl I write is in the form of:

    1. Modules
    2. Scripts
    3. One-liners
    4. Obfuscations
    5. JAPHs
    6. Poems
    7. Erotica
    8. Ransom notes
    9. Other

    the lowliest monk

Re: poll ideas quest
by Chady (Priest) on Mar 31, 2001 at 00:44 UTC

    I wonder if this could go in:

      What's your favorite HTML tag?
      • <p>
      • <div>
      • <span>
      • <table>
      • </html>

    He who asks will be a fool for five minutes, but he who doesn't ask will remain a fool for life.
Re: poll ideas quest
by Macphisto (Hermit) on Apr 01, 2001 at 07:15 UTC
    What will Jcwren think of next:
    • Auto-Porn Surfer
    • CowboyNeal
    • Breaking into Jelleybean's codetree to rewrite it all in java
    • Rewriting pmstats to only collect data on chromatic to discern his true identity
    • "I gotta pee"
    or Who is most likely to be killed by a rampaging duck: I'm out of ideas...

    Everyone has their demons....
Re: poll ideas quest
by Elian (Parson) on May 23, 2003 at 17:34 UTC
    How 'bout:

    Perl 6 feature that scares me the most

    • Continuations
    • Higher-order functions
    • Multimethod dispatch
    • Co-routines
    • Value properties
    • Variable Traits
    • Calling into Python
    • Zork->play($game_data)
    • Damian is trying to drive me mad!
    • Lalalalalala, I can't hear you...
      • the GA delivery date >;^)
Re: poll ideas quest
by flyingmoose (Priest) on Mar 29, 2004 at 00:04 UTC
    Your addiction to PM:
    • What addition? I am here totally by accident.
    • I post before breakfast
    • I post during breakfast
    • My manager thinks I am looking at pr0n
    • My wife left me because of PM
    • I post with my hands while I code with my feet
    • You can log out any time you like, but you can never leave
    • Direct neural interface to PM
    • I have become one with all that is PM

    Favorite programming flaw:

    • One-off
    • Infinite Recursion
    • Memory Leak
    • Data Corruption
    • GIGO
    • BSOD
    • Unhappy Mac
    • Seg Fault
    • Bus Error
    • Guru Meditation Error
    • JustAnotherPerlDeath

    What is the capitol of Assyria?

    • I don't know
Re: poll ideas quest
by mikeraz (Friar) on Jul 19, 2005 at 22:11 UTC

    Favorite procrastination activity

    • Washing the dishes
    • Catching up on email
    • More research
    • Finish reading That Book
    • Adding more comments to the story online
    • Rearrange the desktop
    • Tweak the colors and/or settings
    • Sleep
    • Travelling across town to get what's available close by
    • Any other task besides the one that needs doing
    • Writing poll ideas
    Be Appropriate && Follow Your Curiosity
      • Editing Wikipedia
      • Reading ScienceDaily
      • Watching the disk defragmenter display
      • Reading CNN / BBC to cheer me up
      • Marking typos in O'Reilly books
      • Marking "facto's" in other books
Re: poll ideas quest
by dws (Chancellor) on Apr 03, 2001 at 04:38 UTC
    And the Monastery award for Best Supporting Module goes to...
    • strict
    • The Template Toolkit
    • Bone::Easy
Re: poll ideas quest
by cascadefx (Novice) on Mar 31, 2001 at 03:45 UTC
    another one.

    If I had unlimited processing power and memory, I would use perl to:

    • model Natalie Portman as an AI
    • model Natalie Portman as a graphical simulation
    • take over the world (I already have the script, I just need the unlimited resources)
    • pick my lotto numbers
    • perform realtime manipulations of the video streams of all my favorite movies, so that I am the main character.
Re: poll ideas quest
by marto (Cardinal) on Jul 17, 2005 at 18:54 UTC
    In Future I must:
  • Spend more time in the Chatterbox?
  • Spend less time in the Chatterbox?
  • Wear a silly hat?
  • Answer more questions in Seekers of Perl Wisdom?
  • Not argue about editors (or other religious issues).
  • Add more things to my Think Geek wish list.
  • Read more of this sites fantastic Tutorials.
  • Write that killer Obfu I have in mind.

  • Cheers,

Re: poll ideas quest
by Elias (Pilgrim) on Apr 03, 2001 at 14:06 UTC

    You consider someone to be a newbie when s/he:

  • has never used a module
  • thinks regexp is a variant form of the EXPR tag that shows up in perldoc
  • is CowboyNeal
  • thinks JAPH stands for Just Acquired Peripheral Hardware
  • does not recognise any of the names of the Saints in our book
  • is not able to build a module
  • does not  use strict, -w or -T
Re: poll ideas quest
by ktross (Deacon) on Jul 08, 2005 at 12:26 UTC
    Why did you decide to become a named monk:
    • Thought I would get more/better replies to my nodes
    • To participate in the CB
    • To view Worst Nodes
    • For fame
    • To get a Homenode
    • For the excitment of the quest twards saithood
    • All of the cool monks were doing it
    • Haven't...I'll be an Anonymous Monk for life!
Re: poll ideas quest
by castaway (Parson) on Sep 29, 2003 at 11:48 UTC
    Just occured to me in the CB:
    'If you were a perl keyword, which would you be?'

    • use
    • tie
    • require
    • undef
    • grep
    • map
    • chomp
    • chop
    • ref
    etc, pp.


Re: poll ideas quest
by Mago (Parson) on Jan 09, 2005 at 15:29 UTC

    I had a idea: search and identify all the native languages of Monastery users, to calculate the real size (environment) of this "Babel's Tower" (Holy Bible expression that means "mess", "something fuzzy").

    Top 12 languages:

    * English
    * German
    * Spanish
    * Portugese
    * French
    * Russian
    * Hindi/Urdu
    * Bengali
    * Arabic
    * Japanese
    * Mandarin
    * Indonesian (Malay)
    * Other
    * I only speak Perl
    * I don't speak you insensitive clod!

    Language groups:

    * Indo-European
    * Dravidian
    * Afro-Asiatic
    * Caucasian
    * Nilo-Saharan
    * Niger-Congo
    * Uralic
    * Altaic
    * Korean
    * Japanese
    * Miao-Yao
    * Tai
    * Austro-Asiatic
    * Sino-Tibetan
    * Austronesian
    * Aztec-Tanoan
    * Penutian
    * Andean
    * Equatorial
    * Pidgins and Creoles
    * Other
    * pod
    * Language agnostic $@#! words


Re: poll ideas quest
by djw (Vicar) on Apr 03, 2001 at 15:45 UTC
    Who would win a fight to the death:

    • Yoda
    • jcwren
    • CowboyNeal
    • Morpheus
    • Larry Wall
    • Pitr
    • George Bush
      Against who? Under what rules/environment/ and conditions?

      By fight to the death, do you mean who would die first? That would be Yoda. He won that a long, long, time ago. If you mean who would die() first, that would have to be Larry, as he invented the idea. Noone else has died, they just faded away.

        they just faded away
        As did the person you replied to.
        لսႽ† ᥲᥒ⚪⟊Ⴙᘓᖇ Ꮅᘓᖇ⎱ Ⴙᥲ𝇋ƙᘓᖇ
Re: poll ideas quest
by rdm (Hermit) on Jan 07, 2005 at 08:38 UTC
    Then there's the meta-poll poll: Most poll options are:
    o Too broad
    o Not broad enough
    o Too obscure
    o Not obscure enough
    o Not funny enough
    o Missing my favourite foo
    o Just right
    o In English

    -Reality might not get out of Beta today. (O.Timas, "Bot")
Re: poll ideas quest
by radiantmatrix (Parson) on Jul 19, 2005 at 18:16 UTC
    Worst common Perl mistake?
    • Failure to use strictures
    • Failure to turn on warnings
    • Forgot to look on CPAN
    • Reinventing a wheel for no reason
    • Reinventing a wheel for a stupid reason
    • Misunderstanding of/Assumptions about $_
    • Confusing scalar and list contexts
    • Not understanding undef/0/0 but true/1
    • Slurping files needlessly
    Larry Wall is Yoda: there is no try{} (ok, except in Perl6; way to ruin a joke, Larry! ;P)
    The Code that can be seen is not the true Code
Re: poll ideas quest
by djw (Vicar) on Apr 03, 2001 at 21:55 UTC
Re: poll ideas quest
by Albannach (Monsignor) on Apr 05, 2001 at 05:38 UTC
    I couldn't think of a damn thing before the deadline for this quest, but here's something anyway (gee, this is remarkably similar to my scheduling at work):

    How is your work injuring/killing you?

    • eye strain
    • CTS
    • back problems
    • excessive stress
    • ulcers
    • exposure to smoking/drinking/solvents
    • voluntary exposure to smoking/drinking/solvents
    • oxygen/light deprivation
    • I'm ok, but my work drives others insane

    I'd like to be able to assign to an luser

Re: poll ideas quest
by nop (Hermit) on Mar 31, 2001 at 03:45 UTC
    How many perl books do you own?

    0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5+

    How many lines of perl have you written in your life to date?

    1K, 10K, 50K, 100K

      Am I only supposed to count Perl books that I can reach without moving, and lines of code that I didn't throw away later?

      Is merlyn only supposed to count books and code published?


      How about

      "how many perl books have you lent to other people?"

      "How many perl books have people lent to you right now?

      the blue haired monk

poll idea: Where do the monks live?
by crenz (Priest) on May 23, 2003 at 22:26 UTC

    It would be fun to know were people are living. There's a very old poll, I live in this Continent (node id 2142!), but that one only focused on continents.

    I suggest the following regions (people should pick the closest match):


    • USA
    • Canada
    • South America


    • China (incl. HK), Taiwan, Singapore
    • India
    • Japan
    • North/South Korea
    • South-East Asia
    • Asia


    • France
    • Germany
    • Great Britain
    • Italy
    • Netherlands
    • Russia
    • Spain
    • Sweden
    • Eastern Europe
    • Northern Europe
    • Southern Europe
    • Western Europe

    Middle East

    (I know this is not a continent, but I'm not sure where to include it)

    • Israel
    • Middle East


    • Australia
    • New Zealand
    • Oceania

    Rest of the world

    • Africa
    • Arctica
    • Antarctica

    Of course, I don't want to discriminate against anyone here. This is just a trade-off between a list that will allow the majority of monks to choose their country of orign and having a list that is too long. Just reply to this node or /msg me to specify countries or regions that you feel should be specifically included. Or /msg me if you feel the list is too long :).

    The question should be "Where do you live?", rather than "Where are you from?", since quite a number of people probably hail from a different country than they currently live in.

      Ehm... where?

      I don't know, it's an insignificant blue ball in the third orbit around a rather mediocre yellow star hanging on to the Orion arm of this Milkyway thing galaxy. I don't know what cluster it is in, mom doesn't allow me to cross the gaps.
      There are a couple of billion like me here. They like to hole up on patches of land with imaginary borders around it. Gives them something to fight over. ;)
      Can't we all speak perl and get along? =P

      if( exists $aeons{strange} ){ die $death unless ( $death%2 ) }
Re: poll ideas quest
by trammell (Priest) on Jun 17, 2005 at 16:28 UTC
    This subthread suggests a poll to me:

    My desk is:

    • Clean
    • Sorta clean
    • Average
    • Sorta messy
    • Messy
    • I don't have a desk you insensitive clod!
      • in another building from where I actually work
      • much bigger, now that the stacks of boxes and piles of books have reached the same height
      • part of the hiring interview tour of the company
      • cordoned off with yellow police tape (FBI? *and* EPA??)
      • I can't even find my desk under the dross.
      • fully reclinable, with drink holder and "vibrating fingers massaging action"
Re: poll ideas quest
by rinceWind (Monsignor) on Sep 22, 2002 at 22:47 UTC
    As suggested by tye in response to my query on monk polls here, I am proposing the following poll:

    When it comes to installing modules on CPAN...

    • I use the installer shell.
    • I use CPANPLUS.
    • I don't use CPAN, but use Activestate ppm instead.
    • I download the tarball, build and install it with make.
    • I copy all the .pm files into the right directories to install.
    • I do not need to use external modules. All my code is self contained.
    • My employer/ISP is reluctant to install modules I request, and I am not allowed to install them myself.
Re: poll ideas quest
by martin (Friar) on Feb 03, 2006 at 19:17 UTC
    How about:

    Which of these books would you most like to see in print?

    • Mastering Irregular Expectations, by Jeffrey Friedl
    • Perl7 Core Dumps and the Kakapo Engine, by Allison Randall
    • A Brief History of DateTime, by Dave Rolsky and Flavio Glock
    • Visual Perl#.NET Step by Step, by Microsoft Press
    • Desert Camel Maintenance and Care, by brian_d_foy
    • The Lord of the Perls, by Larry Wall and Tom Christiansen
    • Perl Best Practical Jokes, by Damian Conway
    • The Perl Psychiatrist - Mental Recovery after Exposure to Mission-Critical Line Noise, by Peter Scott
    • The Geek-Cruiser's Guide to the Galaxy, by Randal Schwartz
    • Getting Abstinent of in 21 Days, by Perl Monks Anonymous

    Pardon me for things I write on a Friday night.

      I wouldn't want to see anything by me. Now that I'm working on my fourth O'Reilly book, I'm starting to question how often I really want to do this. :)

      Let's all vote for Peter instead. :)

      brian d foy <>
      Subscribe to The Perl Review
Re: poll ideas quest
by extremely (Priest) on Apr 03, 2001 at 07:23 UTC
    vroom is probably the only one who will ever see this but with all these good suggestions, maybe we need a "what poll do you want to take next" poll!


    Maybe a series of polls for a run-off where we spend weeks just picking the next poll. That will help keep you in polls for the next month, alone...

    $you = new YOU;
    honk() if $you->love(perl)

Re: poll ideas quest
by injunjoel (Priest) on Oct 15, 2005 at 00:03 UTC
    I prefer to be referred to as:
    • a hacker
    • a cracker (technology context)
    • a geek
    • a programmer
    • a developer
    • a coder
    • a (code) warrior
    • a computer guy/gal
    • a techie
    • a trekkie
    • a PerlMonk
    • God
    • Emperor
    • L33T
    • CowboyNeal
    • You talkin' to me?
    • Other (please specify)

    "I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who endowed us with sense, reason and intellect has intended us to forego their use." -Galileo
Favorite editor (again)
by Anonymous Monk on Aug 09, 2003 at 23:53 UTC

    This poll was already proposed long time ago (Your editor of choice is..). Only 63 people voted at that time. I guess that the Monastery has grown a bit since then.

    Moreover, the list of editors has increased as well, as reported in Editor / IDE Consolidation, Recommended Editor, and Text Editors.

    Here is a tentative list (in alphabetic order).

    • CodeForge
    • Crimson Editor
    • Elvis
    • Emacs
    • gedit
    • jEdit
    • Kate
    • Kdevelop
    • Komodo
    • mc
    • Notepad
    • Open Perl IDE
    • Pico
    • SciTe
    • UltraEdit
    • Vedit
    • Vile
    • Vi
    • Vim
    • Visual Slick Edit
    • Word
    • Xemacs
Re: poll ideas quest
by g0n (Priest) on Jul 16, 2005 at 08:19 UTC
    How about:

    My beard is:

    • < 1cm long
    • 1cm to 2cm
    • 2cm to 5cm
    • 5cm to 10cm
    • 10cm to 20 cm
    • Big enough to lose a badger in
    • I don't have a beard

    Update: Thought of another one

    My favourite PDA OS is:

    • Windows CE
    • Symbian
    • PalmOS
    • Linux
    • Other

    Update: after conversation with apotheon & virtualsue in the CB, how about an amended beard poll:

    My beard is:

    • Large and bristly
    • Clipped and tidy
    • Big and scary
    • Stereotypically geeky
    • Called Stallman
    • Detachable
    • Fooling my parents
    • I prefer to store soup in tins


    g0n, backpropagated monk

      In a poll about beard lengths, there ought to be mention of ZZ Top (ZZ_Top)

Re: poll ideas quest
by Ri-Del (Friar) on Apr 05, 2001 at 01:00 UTC
    What platform would you most like to see Perl ported to?

    1. PalmOS
    2. NewtonOS
    3. PRIMOS
    4. VxWorks
    5. CP/M
    5. Your cellphone
    6. Your watch
    7. CowboyNeal
Re: poll ideas quest
by bageler (Hermit) on Jul 27, 2005 at 21:48 UTC
    why did the camel cross the road?
    join @friends
    require sleep
    kill $0
    not defined

      To see what an angry road would do.

Re: poll ideas quest
by AdamQuark (Priest) on Jul 28, 2005 at 12:32 UTC

    How about "Your least liked operating system"

    • Ultrix
    • RSTS/E
    • Unix
    • Solaris
    • HP/UX
    • AIX
    • CP/M
    • AmigaDOS
    • DOS
    • Windows 3.1
    • Windows 95
    • Windows 98
    • Windows 98SE
    • Windows CE
    • Windows ME
    • Windows NT
    • Windows 2K
    • Windows XP
    • Windows Vista
    • Linux (Slackware)
    • Linux (Red Hat)
    • Linux (Mandrake)
    • Linux (Suse)
    • Linux (Debian)
    • Linux (Ubuntu)
    • Linux (Gentoo)
    • OpenBSD
    • NetBSD
    • KrwnzxipKef
    • Other (I'm sure I have missed something)

    How many Have I missed?

      Shouldn't that just be reduced to:
      • Windows ME
      • I don't know anything about Operating Systems

      You missed FreeBSD.

      Just for completeness, I don't hate it.

      Update: Symbian OS too.

      Update^2: and more importantly, OS X and MacOS Classic too, some people might want to vote on those.

      Update^3: And BeOS. And Knoppix if you list Linux distros.

      Update^4: And Windows 95 OSR2.

      Update^n: And Windows Longhorn (we can hate it even before it's released, can't we?)

      Update^n: Oh, that's the same as Vista, sorry.

Re: poll ideas quest
by geekgrrl (Pilgrim) on Aug 03, 2005 at 17:29 UTC

    What is your favorite module?

    Ideally it wouldn't just be the *BIG* modules like DBI or CGI, but maybe things like:
    • WWW::Mechanize
    • Class::DBI
    • Data::Dumper
    A similar question is

    Which module, if taken cruelly away from you, would leave you about as productive as a Java programmer?

    • It hasn't been written yet.
    • Data::Dumper
    • DBI
    • HTML::Mason
    • TT
    • Carp
    • Test::More
    • Hey, I like Java!
    • Caffeine::Coffee

    If the Camel Book disappeared from the planet, what Perl book would you rely on?

    • None, I would just die w/o the Camel,
    • Object Oriented Perl Programming
    • Advanced Perl Programming
    • Cookbook
    • little pocket ref
    • Beginning Perl
    • books, I don't need no stinking books.
    I'm sure there are books I'm not including that would be better here.

    What is your Favorite NON-O'Reilly Perl Book?

    • Effective Perl Programming
    • Perl Medic
    • Object Oriented Perl
    etc. (please add more, i think these are all the ones I have)

      You forgot HOP.

Re: poll ideas quest
by jacques (Priest) on Aug 03, 2005 at 21:00 UTC
    Perl needs more:
    • Jobs
    • Buzz words
    • Women
    • Magazines
    • Optimization
    • Programmers
    • Love
Re: poll ideas quest
by tlm (Prior) on Apr 04, 2005 at 02:12 UTC

    Two poll ideas. The first one is based on a recent meditation:

    What is your training as a Perl programmer/developer?
    • Bachelor's in CS/Informatics
    • Master's in CS/Informatics
    • PhD in CS/Informatics
    • Self-taught
    • International Guild of Perl Hackers
    • Bachelor's in Natural and Artificial Languages, some linguistics grad school
    The second idea overlaps somewhat with this past poll, but that poll was long ago enough that I think it would be interesting to find out what the results would be today (I expect that the Windows numbers would be way up at the expense of the numbers for the various Unix options):
    Which OS do you feel most comfortable coding Perl apps for?
    • Unix
    • Windows NT/2000
    • Windows XP
    • Mac OS X
    • OS 2
    • VMS
    • BeOS
    • TRS-80
    • Other
    (I am quite ignorant of Windows, so I could use some help with the wording of the Windows options to make them more meaningful. In particular, I don't know how different it is to program for Windows NT vs Windows 2000 vs Windows XP; there is little difference, perhaps all the Windows options should be collapsed to just one.)

    the lowliest monk

      Win 2000 is NT 5, XP is NT 5.1, Vista is NT 6 (allegedly). All basically the same kernel, only with diffent bugs.
      Win 95/98/Me is/was another beast.
Re: poll ideas quest
by monarch (Priest) on Jun 03, 2005 at 07:55 UTC
    What form of education do you have?
    • Engineering degree
    • Computer science degree
    • Other degree
    • Tech diploma or paper
    • Other computer course
    • High school only
    • "Them cows taught me all I know"
      Nice idea, but you should have some non technical options too. I suppose (though I may be totally wrong) that quite a lot of monks have no computer-related degree. I have graduated in musical composition and philosophy, which would I pick up? "Other degree" is a bit too general.
      Perhaps with the following addition:
      • Cowboy Neal taught me all I know
Re: poll ideas quest
by tbone1 (Monsignor) on Jul 21, 2005 at 12:39 UTC
    • Because.
    • I dunno.
    • Why not?
    • Who knew?
    • Zee.
    • Something to do with coriolis effect.
    • It's the media's fault.
    • Because Mr. Gates says so.

    tbone1, YAPS (Yet Another Perl Schlub)
    And remember, if he succeeds, so what.
    - Chick McGee

Re: poll ideas quest
by monkfan (Curate) on Nov 09, 2004 at 20:40 UTC
    In response to tye's response to my posting.
    Thanks for jacques pointer to this node.
    There, I was suggesting a more Perl-style polling. I thought I would benefit beginners like me, who like to learn more from the master's style.
    So here is my suggestion (apologize if it sounds silly)

    "My favorite place to put subroutines collection is:"
    1.Before main
    2.After main
    3.use Module::

    "My favorite way to 'die' is: "
    1. open (FOO,$foo|| die "Can't open $foo: $!)
    2. unless (open OLD, "counter") {die "Cannot open counter";}
    3. etc..(I was referring to merlyn's article)


      Thank you for the suggestions. The creative input can certainly be helpful.

      However, you haven't finished these polls. At least I presume that you don't really want the last choice to be "etc". So you'd like someone else to finish the poll choices?

      It can be fun to whip out a quick poll suggestion and it is pretty easy to come up with an interesting topic and a couple of interesting choices. But the hard part of coming up with a poll is figuring out exactly which choices to include. If one really wants to help out with getting better polls created, then doing the hard part of the work is going be more appreciated than doing the (sometimes) easy part (sometimes coming up with a topic is difficult in a different way).

      So I thank you again for the suggestions and I'll look at them again when I think it has come time for a new poll and I may use one of them as a starting point.

      And I also thank you for giving me an example to let me clarify what I mean by "do the work".

      There will always be options that some will think should have been included even though the poll author didn't think so (sometimes as an oversight, sometimes as a difference of opinion). When I've been involved in or seen polls being composed for PerlMonks, quite a lot of effort goes into looking for choices that should be included.

      - tye        

        YAPoll suggestion?

        What religion is most similar to Perl? (in no particular order)

        • Christianity
        • Hinduism
        • Judaism
        • Islam
        • Buddhism
        • Zen Buddhism
        • Catholicism
        • Discordia
        • Paganism
        • Daoism
        • CowboyNeal
        • Atheism
        • Wicca
        • Magic

      Neither suggestion seems well-thought-out. For example, 1 under the second doesn't do what you think it does -- if $foo is not true, then it dies -- it ignores if the open fails or not. As to the first one, what is main?

      Warning: Unless otherwise stated, code is untested. Do not use without understanding. Code is posted in the hopes it is useful, but without warranty. All copyrights are relinquished into the public domain unless otherwise stated. I am not an angel. I am capable of error, and err on a fairly regular basis. If I made a mistake, please let me know (such as by replying to this node).

Re: poll ideas quest
by VSarkiss (Monsignor) on Dec 31, 2004 at 00:47 UTC

    Here's a timely if not entirely relevant poll topic.

    Most of the email spam I get is:

    • Rolex knockoff
    • Nigerian 419 scam
    • Phony lottery winner
    • V1a6ra or other meds
    • Body part enlargement
    • Pr0n sites
    • CPAN bug reports
    • Undecipherable

Re: poll ideas quest (thinking)
by ambrus (Abbot) on Apr 26, 2005 at 19:59 UTC

    Here's an idea. Feel free to comment if you have ideas to improve the list of answers.

    You'd probably have to choose from the later options, I give here more ideas then approperiate for a poll.

    When I count, I think of numbers as...

    • spoken words
    • other sound
    • positions
    • shapes
    • colours
    • other images
    • feelings
    • the basic building blocks of thought
    • scalars
    • beans
    • fingers and toes
    • someone else's fingers and toes

    Updates: added scalars

    Update 2008 sep 6: done: When I count, I think of numbers as....

Re: poll ideas quest
by Coruscate (Sexton) on Aug 02, 2003 at 07:40 UTC

    My stab at a poll, thought of during a chatterbox debate over how stupid javascript is and how some people choose not to have javascript enabled (whether partially or completely). So I devised the poll as follows:

    My browser's javascript settings are set to disable:

    1. all javascript (completely disabled)
    2. nothing at all (completely enabled)
    3. popup windows
    4. window manipulation (move/resize/focus)
    5. cookie reading and/or writing
    6. status bar manipulation
    7. changing images
    8. 2 of options 'c' to 'g'
    9. 3 or more of options 'c' to 'g'
    10. My browsers are compiled sans javascript!
    11. The damned 'other' option

    If the above content is missing any vital points or you feel that any of the information is misleading, incorrect or irrelevant, please feel free to downvote the post. At the same time, please reply to this node or /msg me to inform me as to what is wrong with the post, so that I may update the node to the best of my ability.

Re: poll ideas quest
by mikeraz (Friar) on Aug 11, 2005 at 21:35 UTC


    • only if s/he is cute
    • beer
    • is it still breakfast if you wake up mid afternoon
    • cold pizza only please
    • Perl Monks and coffee
    • every Sunday, out with the wife
    • You're making it?
    • right after exercise
    • never as good as Mom's
    • besides coffee?

    Be Appropriate && Follow Your Curiosity
Re: poll ideas quest
by duelafn (Parson) on Jul 15, 2005 at 17:05 UTC
    entertainment is:
    * a book
    * a Hollywood movie
    * an independent movie
    * "Cats"
    * cats + a 6-pack + a slingshot
    * the three tenors
    * the three stoodges
    * the camel + a computer + a pot of coffee
    * DirectX + a computer + many liters of Mountain Dew
    preferred editor:
    * self programmed (in perl) editor
    * MicroMir
    * LedLineIt
    * PENG
    * NotesPad (NOT notepad)
    * sam
    * Wished
    * pryzm
    * SeX
    * woody
    * Ticonderoga
    These, "< >", are pronounced:
    * angle, angle
    * left angle; right angle
    * angle bracket, angle bracket
    * Waka, Waka
    * less than, greater than
    * \060, \062

    Good Day,

Re: poll ideas quest (sport)
by ambrus (Abbot) on Apr 17, 2004 at 20:56 UTC

    Update: done: The sportiest activity that I do regularly is best categorized as...

    What kind of sports do you do?

    • Archery or shooting
    • Baseball
    • Basket-ball
    • Bowling
    • Boxing
    • Chess, bridge
    • Climbing
    • Combat sports (karate, kung fu, judo, what is the correct English term for all those)
    • Cricket
    • Cycling
    • Darts
    • Fencing
    • Fishing
    • Golf (not perl)
    • Gymnastics
    • Horse-riding
    • Ice-hockey
    • Motor sports
    • Roller-skating
    • Rugby
    • Running, athletics
    • Sailing or surfing
    • Skating
    • Skiing, snowboarding
    • (Update) Hang-gliding, parachuting
    • Soccer
    • Squash
    • Swimming, diving, etc (water sports not involving a water vehicule, just tr to put that in less words)
    • Table-Tennis
    • Tennis
    • Wrestling
    • All of the above
    • Other
    • None

    Please post me if you know about sports that should be added here.

    Update 2006 jul 13: removed accidental duplication of all sports between running and swimming. This is the original proposal otherwise, no factual corrections have been made since.

      Combat sports (karate, kung fu, judo, what is the correct English term for all those) The most commonly used term for those kind of activities is "martial arts".

      The term "combat sports" is typically be used to distinguish certain types of "martial arts" that are focused mostly on for sporting competition, with less focus on how to seriously damage an opponent.

      For example, Judo, which focuses largely on throws and controlled choking techniques, is safe to pratice at full intensity against an stranger in a tournament. It would count as a "combat sport". Some of the older forms of ju-jutsu, with throws designed to break wrists and tear tendons, just aren't as safe to practice that way. The term "combat sport" wouldn't apply to these, since they're not really practiced as a "sport"; there's an element of learning, but certainly not in a context of a full-out competition, for safety reasons.

Re: poll ideas quest
by BerntB (Deacon) on Jul 16, 2005 at 14:59 UTC
    How about these?

    Best code editor when programming Perl?
    Then list Emacs, Xemacs, TECO-Emacs, Gosling Emacs and no more alternatives.

    What do you think of children (generally, not your own)?

    • Wonderful, cute and adorable... some of them share my interest in My little pony
    • Usually less scary than adults
    • Their good reflexes makes them fun when they get old enough to play FPS, etc.
    • Boring. Like vegetables intellectually
    • I have no idea... I run when I see them
    • I told my friends I was a pederast so noone will ever, ever ask me to babysit!
    • They are sociopaths... until they become teenagers and become just mentally disturbed
    • I love them! But all the junk food they eat makes them an unhealthy part of my diet
    • When I become world dictator, they'll be up against the wall before Vi users

    The above doesn't necessarily describe my own opinions (TECO is horrible).

      I have this many children:
      • 0
      • 1
      • 2
      • 3
      • 4-6
      • 7-10
      • >10
      • None that I know of
      • Vroom is my love child
        I have this many children:

        • None that can be proven in a court of law!
Re: poll ideas quest
by Popcorn Dave (Abbot) on Apr 26, 2002 at 23:18 UTC
    How about:

    How many nights a week do you dream in code?

    • Every night
    • Every few nights
    • Once in a while
    • I don't dream
    • What's sleep?
      Never. Get a hobby.
Re: poll ideas quest
by rinceWind (Monsignor) on Oct 10, 2002 at 15:59 UTC
    Here comes another poll idea.

    I mainly program Perl:

    • At work, as my main programming activity
    • At work, whenever I get the chance
    • At work, but the boss doesn't know
    • At home, just for fun
    • At home, I have some serious applications
    • At home, I don't have a job (swatting for résumé)
    • At school/university
Re: poll ideas quest
by prasadbabu (Prior) on Mar 02, 2005 at 14:41 UTC

    If god comes in your dream and asks to select one of the options from the below to bless you.

  • President of a country
  • Richest person in the world
  • Happiest person in the world
  • Famous Hollywood Actor/Actress
  • Most Lovable person in the world
  • Only unbeatable person in the world


Re: poll ideas quest :: Users must
by marto (Cardinal) on Aug 04, 2005 at 09:23 UTC
    Users must:

  • Take a number and get in line
  • RFTM (or learn to read first, if required)
  • Not speak until spoken to
  • Run for cover
  • Stop looking for the 'Any key' on their keyboard
  • Never phone me again!

  • Having a strange day with some of our users.

Re: poll ideas quest
by cosimo (Hermit) on Jul 20, 2005 at 08:58 UTC

    I know this is something that already came up, but years passed since then. I'd be curious to know what you other monks think now about...

    Your feeling about Perl 6 is:

    • The version after Perl 5
    • No doubt, the best computer language in the known universe
    • The Java/C#/Ruby/Python/Brainf*ck/... killer
    • The definitive compiler-interpreter with its multi-backend architecture
    • It's a stunningly advanced higher-level language
    • Somewhat complex, sometimes I can't even follow perl6-* lists
    • Far too complex, I definitely can't follow perl6-* lists
    • Will I need to modify my scripts and classes?
    • Is there a Perl6 language?
    • Huh?
Re: poll ideas quest
by davies (Prior) on May 18, 2005 at 11:49 UTC
    One I'd really love to see the answers to:
    How long do you spend R'ing TFM and S'ing TFU before asking your fellow monks for help?
    Ask first, read & search later
    5 minutes
    15 minutes
    1 hour
    2 hours
    Half a day
    A day
    2 days
    I taught programming to Larry Wall, I never need help.


    John Davies
Re: poll ideas quest
by KPeter0314 (Deacon) on Oct 14, 2005 at 20:55 UTC
    When I write perl, the language it most resembles is:
    • Perl
    • C
    • C++
    • BASIC (god forbid!)
    • PigLatin
    • Obfuscation
    • Random Characters (see Obfuscation)
    • Merlyn's code
    I'm sure there are other items to add to the list, but that is all I came up with in the shower.


Re: poll ideas quest
by collin (Scribe) on Aug 15, 2005 at 06:36 UTC
    If Perl was no longer I would:
  • settle for C/C++.
  • cry.
  • still avoid PHP.
  • weep.
  • create my own language and get it really popular :)
  • sob uncontrollably.
Re: poll ideas quest
by jbrugger (Parson) on Oct 25, 2005 at 05:44 UTC
    Since XP is discussed a lot here (pro's and con's) let's poll about them... :)

    1. Do you think your XP reflects your reputation?
  • Who cares about XP
  • XP is just a number! (and i'm not)
  • XP is just a number! (and so am i)
  • XP? you mean that Microsoft programm? Nah i use Linux

  • 2. Shall we reset all monk's XP and start the game over again?
  • Great idea!
  • Yes please there are too many saints
  • No

  • 3. All XP have been reset.. Who will be saint the first?
  • Me
  • Merlyn again
  • Grandfathre
  • ... you name them
  • Oh please stop with these XP... who needs them?

  • "We all agree on the necessity of compromise. We just can't agree on when it's necessary to compromise." - Larry Wall.
Re: poll ideas quest
by tcf03 (Deacon) on Jul 16, 2005 at 13:38 UTC
    Perl! Don't laugh my other language is:
  • qbasic
  • .net
  • assembler
  • french
  • PERL

  • Ted
    "That which we persist in doing becomes easier, not that the task itself has become easier, but that our ability to perform it has improved."
      --Ralph Waldo Emerson
Re: poll ideas quest
by FoxtrotUniform (Prior) on Feb 19, 2003 at 06:04 UTC

    How about:

    I play...

    • the guitar
    • the bass guitar
    • the violin
    • another stringed instrument
    • the trumpet
    • the clarinet
    • the piano
    • the voicebox (I sing)
    • many instruments
    • nothing
    • something else

    It occurs to me that more Perl Monks (hackers in general, really) are musically inclined than you'd expect from the general population.

    F o x t r o t U n i f o r m
    Found a typo in this node? /msg me
    The hell with paco, vote for Erudil!

      That would have to be a multiple choice poll. Most of the musicians I know play more than one instrument.

      --- print map { my ($m)=1<<hex($_)&11?' ':''; $m.=substr('AHJPacehklnorstu',hex($_),1) } split //,'2fde0abe76c36c914586c';
          Most of the musicians I know play more than one instrument.

        Musicians, sure, but Perl Monks? At any rate, it would lead to some interesting comments.

        F o x t r o t U n i f o r m
        Found a typo in this node? /msg me
        The hell with paco, vote for Erudil!

Re: poll ideas quest
by sub_chick (Hermit) on Dec 15, 2005 at 15:57 UTC
    When the weather outside is frightful (giving you a day from the office)...
    • My fire is so delightful.
    • I don't know what to do outside my cubicle.
    • The codes I write can melt any snow/ice (yes, they are that hot).
    • I am doing donuts in a nearby parking lot
    • In house, praying for all the snow one can handle (more snowangels for me).
    • Zooming down the a residential street testing my brakes (can never be too safe).
    • I am sitting here reading this poll, and yes...the weather is great!

    "Es gibt mehr zu Leben als Bücher, kennen Sie. Aber nicht viel mehr " -(Der Smiths)
Monastic Vows
by ptum (Priest) on Dec 27, 2005 at 20:55 UTC

    Many monastic orders have traditionally offered temporary and permanent vows by which novices could become 'professed' (full) monks. These vows (in the Christian traditions) can be grouped into the categories of poverty, chastity and obedience.

    If you were to take the monk metaphor a little further, which of the following vows would you consider taking upon yourself (or would want imposed on someone else)?

    • A vow of Silence (like [id://Erudil])
    • A vow of Patience and Kindness
    • A vow of Brevity
    • A vow of Spellchecking
    • A vow of Helpfulness
    • A vow of Irreverence
    • A vow of Accuracy
    • A vow of Ingenuity and Laziness
    • A vow of Silliness and Frivolity
Re: poll ideas quest
by Coleoid (Sexton) on Apr 04, 2001 at 08:21 UTC
    Your rapper alias is:

    * Funk R.E. /gx * Use Phat::Rhymes * No Strict Q.Q. Whitespace * Original Jaffa M.R.L.N. * Bless Selfy Self
Re: poll ideas quest
by systems (Pilgrim) on Jul 15, 2005 at 22:27 UTC
    Is Perl relevant any longer?
    • Yes
    • No
    • Maybe, I dont know, is it?
    • Hell yea, you make me so angry >:(
    • Is programming relevant any longer?
Re: poll ideas quest
by kutsu (Priest) on Oct 21, 2005 at 16:17 UTC

    Idea for poll, with much thanks to tye:
    This year for Halloween I will dress up as a(n):

    • Animal
    • Vegetable
    • Mineral
    • Profession
    • Famous Person or Character
    • Hardware/Software
    • Other Inanimate Object
    • Other Sex (Gender)
    • Supernatural Creature
    • Alien
    • "Call the cops, NodeReaper's streaking again"
    • other (please comment)

    Update: Added option suggested by holli; Changed last option slightly

    "Cogito cogito ergo cogito sum - I think that I think, therefore I think that I am." Ambrose Bierce

Re: poll ideas quest
by chb (Deacon) on Jul 19, 2005 at 12:29 UTC
    My favourite value is:
  • 0
  • 1
  • L Low
  • H High
  • X Tristate/Unknown
  • 41
  • 43 (come on, 42 would be boring...)
  • 5.8.7
  • 6ecab1f0-f850-11d9-8cd6-0800200c9a66
      • 0xdeadbeef
      • 0xfeedf1do
Re: poll ideas quest
by fmogavero (Monk) on Apr 03, 2001 at 00:59 UTC
    I would like to see a poll that would help out the whole monastery. Some people with lower XP may be very experienced Perl programmers. Maybe you could even save the poll results to know where the dark areas of the monastery are.

    How many objects have you created in Perl?

    Which of the following modules have you used?

    How many lines of Perl code have you authored?(not plagarized)

Re: poll ideas quest
by collin (Scribe) on Sep 27, 2005 at 05:11 UTC
    If I was forced to use only one kind of loop for the rest of my days it would be a...
    • while.
    • for.
    • do while.
    • labeled block.
    • foreach.
    • triple nested labeled goto spaghetti loop.
    • recursion
Re: poll ideas quest
by anonymized user 468275 (Curate) on Oct 05, 2005 at 11:36 UTC
    When I downvote a node its is usually because:

    o It doesn't agree with what I already said clearly enough!

    o I otherwise disagree

    o The person's view conforms to my definition of arrogance

    o It doesn't agree with what everyone else says

    o other (please specify)

    One world, one people

    • The code is broken or advocates bad practice
    • The comment is pedantic or totally useless, or even rude
    • I have a personnal problem with the comment's poster
    • It's one of Merlyn's post ( eh eh , just kidding ;)
    • I did not have enough coffee this morning and mistook -- with ++ !
      ...also let's not forget

      o Professional jealousy


Re: poll ideas quest
by pileofrogs (Priest) on Dec 08, 2005 at 20:13 UTC

    How do you vote on polls?

    • Once and honestly
    • Often but honestly
    • Once but randomly
    • Often and randomly
    • Once and I lie
    • Often and I lie
Re: poll ideas quest
by shiza (Hermit) on Jul 21, 2005 at 23:23 UTC
    A Perl Monk's favorite gaming platform is?
    • PC (DUH!)
    • Gamecube (Mario and Link forever baby!)
    • PS2 (why not?)
    • Xbox (i have been assimilated)
    • Grow up you slacker!
      Leave out the atari/calico/sega why don't ya!!!
Re: poll ideas quest
by NateTut (Deacon) on Oct 19, 2005 at 15:51 UTC
    What is your favorite kind of Poll choice?
    A.) Serious and to the point B.) Pithy C.) Makes some obscure PM reference. D.) Mentions an inside joke about a(n) (in)famous Monk E.) Makes an obscure Perl reference F.) Cuts down some other scripting language (preferably VBScript)
Re: poll ideas quest
by sacked (Hermit) on Sep 18, 2006 at 00:51 UTC
    I wake up my monitor which is currently in power-save mode by:
    • Moving the mouse around wildly
    • Moving the mouse around in a controlled manner
    • Accidentally bumping my desk, which in turn moves my mouse around wildly
    • Clicking one of the mouse buttons
    • Pounding the keyboard
    • Pressing the shift key
    • Pressing the spacebar
    • Pressing another key which I believe will not affect any open programs or windows
    • Pressing any key, not caring if it affects any open programs or windows

      • Picking up the mouse and slowly saying "Hello, computer..."
      • Staring intently at the screen and saying "Resistance is futile!"
Re: poll ideas quest
by kwaping (Priest) on Jul 22, 2005 at 18:33 UTC
    I visit PM primarily to...
    • get help
    • help others
    • socialize
    • lurk
    • get inspired
    • pretend like I'm working
    • Gain XP
Re: poll ideas quest
by martin (Friar) on Jan 29, 2006 at 06:25 UTC
    The worst piece of code in productive use I've seen so far was written in...
    • Ada
    • Algol
    • APL
    • AppleScript
    • Assembler/Machine Code
    • Awk
    • Basic/Visual Basic
    • Bourne Shell/C Shell/Korn Shell/Bash
    • C
    • C++
    • C#
    • Cobol
    • Eiffel/Sather
    • Fortran
    • Forth
    • Haskell
    • Java
    • JavaScript/ECMAScript/JScript
    • JCL
    • Joss/Mumps/M
    • Lisp/Logo/Scheme
    • MS-DOS Batch
    • Occam
    • Pascal/Modula/Oberon/Delphi
    • Postscript
    • PEARL
    • Perl
    • PHP
    • PL/1
    • Prolog
    • Python
    • Rexx
    • Ruby
    • Simula/Beta
    • Smalltalk/Self
    • Snobol/Icon
    • SQL
    • Tcl/Tk
    • Other
Re: poll ideas quest
by marto (Cardinal) on Nov 22, 2005 at 15:15 UTC
    All I want for Christmas is:

  • World peace.
  • A piece of the world :)
  • An Optimus keyboard.
  • A subscription to Make.
  • Something shiny, with flashing lights !
  • To spend time with my loved ones.
  • To spend time avoiding my loved ones.
  • None of the above (please specify)
Re: poll ideas quest
by kwaping (Priest) on Feb 02, 2006 at 22:57 UTC
Re: poll ideas quest
by Rudif (Hermit) on Apr 02, 2001 at 03:04 UTC
    How about making those proposed answers dynamic (monk-generated)?
    You could modify your voting booth script to list up to seven most popular answers to date. This would ease your burden in starting a new poll. You would just have to choose and post the quest-ion, and prime it with 2 answers (which would remain at the end of list all the time)
    • Don't know
    • Other
    At the end of poll, monks who first posted the most popular answers could perhaps get some appropriate number of XP.

Re: poll ideas quest
by Grygonos (Chaplain) on Jul 18, 2005 at 12:55 UTC
    Which technoblabberer would you most like to meet in a dark alley?
    • John C. Dvorak
    • Steve Ballmer
    • Darl McBride
    • Timothy Roberts
    • NodeReaper
      Robert X. Cringely, personally.
Re: poll ideas quest
by liverpole (Monsignor) on Oct 14, 2006 at 17:27 UTC
    I post to Perlmonks anonymously ...
    • Never
    • Only by mistake
    • When I've forgotten my password
    • If I'm afraid my post might cost me precious XP
    • If I'm being obnoxious, obstreperous, and rude
    • Several of the above
    • All the time, as I'm too lazy to login
    • All the time, as I've never registered
    • All the time (for some other reason than above)

Re: poll ideas quest
by tbone1 (Monsignor) on Sep 07, 2005 at 12:52 UTC
    Given that most of us must be Monty Python fans, how about a poll of favorite lines? Be sure to add your favorites

    • Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!
    • I will not buy this record, it is scratched.
    • This is an ex-parrot!
    • Spam spam spam spam!
    • 'Romanii eunt domus'? Romans towards the house go?
    • "We're all individuals!" "I'm not."
    • Your mother was a hamster, and your father smelled of elderberries.
    • 1, 2, 5!
    • I think I'll go for a walk.
    • I've got to sell you all for medical experiments
    • It's spelled 'Raymond Luxury Yacht', but it's pronounced 'Throatwarbler Mangrove'.
    • And Oliver has run himself over! What a great twit!

    tbone1, YAPS (Yet Another Perl Schlub)
    And remember, if he succeeds, so what.
    - Chick McGee

      Favorite flavor:
      • Crunchy frog
      • Anthrax ripple
      • Spring surprise

      My favourite one is:

      Blue. No, yel-- auuuuuuuugh!

Re: poll ideas quest
by greenFox (Vicar) on Sep 23, 2005 at 01:01 UTC

    Which Perl Spy are you?

    • Ace
    • Le Chat
    • Miss Engles
    • Eric
    • Jezebel
    • Mama
    • Natasha
    • Oliver
    • Pixie
    • Mr. Radcliffe
    • r0u73r
    • Tina
    • Wheelbarrow
    • Wraith
    • Wu-Li
    • Mr. X

    Murray Barton
    Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise. Seek what they sought. -Basho

Re: poll ideas quest
by submersible_toaster (Chaplain) on Jan 08, 2003 at 01:28 UTC
    I have an idea for a poll, however it's not particularly novel, and the topic quite specific,
    I wrangle magnetic tapes with perl ..,
    • Never
    • Occasionally with system('mt')
    • Using a CPAN module
    • Frequently, but it's a pain
    • Magnetic Tapes? what are they?

    What do I hope to glean from this? Some idea of how useful a Device::MagneticTape module would be to the community. Aristotle kindly thrashed over Talking to Magnetic Tapes with me , and it has reached the stage where I am satisfied using it in backup and archive scripts, I'd like to get it out there if it's useful.

    I can't believe it's not psellchecked
Re: poll ideas quest
by logan (Curate) on Mar 22, 2003 at 20:18 UTC
    • Is perlmonks a suitable place for discussing the war?
      • Yes
      • No
      • Yeah, but keep it civil
      • Chatterbox only, please
    • Do you support the war?
      • Yes
      • No
      • I dunno, I'm torn.
      • Now that we're in, we gotta finish it
      • I don't wanna talk about it, at least not here
    • My home pc is
      • 2 ghz+
      • 1 to 2 ghz
      • 500 mhz to 1 ghz
      • I'm still using a Commadore 64. Please help!
    • My work pc is
      • Better, stronger, faster than what I have at home.
      • About as good as what I have at home.
      • Vastly inferior to what I have at home.
      • I'm using a 9 ghz monkey brain processor with a 9 terrabyte RAID and 12 ghz of RAM at home, and a TI 99 at work.

    "What do I want? I'm an American. I want more."

      Which war? Don't be nation centric; write your polls for an international audience.
        Perhaps its not a war between people.
        Maybe its between AMD and Intel
        Wars *are* between nations.
Re: poll ideas quest
by insaniac (Friar) on Aug 08, 2005 at 08:19 UTC
    Polls on techsites are:
    • lame
    • childish
    • usually at the bottom of the page
    • fux0red
    • a great way to meet people
    • a reflection of the amount of kids on the site
    • boring

    huray! ;-)

    to ask a question is a moment of shame
    to remain ignorant is a lifelong shame

Re: poll ideas quest
by SirBones (Friar) on Oct 13, 2005 at 02:50 UTC
    Which is your favorite pole:
    • Flag
    • Foul
    • Position
    • Axe
    • South
    • North
    • Magnetic
    • Vault
    • -ar Bear
    • Tad
    • Lech Walesa

    "This bounty hunter is my kind of scum: Fearless and inventive." --J.T. Hutt
      Funny, but not very Perl-related or even computer-related. Can you be more inventive? :D

        Oy. Funny AND computer-related? I thought that's what we had Perl for. =)

        Ach. Back to the drawing-board.

        "This bounty hunter is my kind of scum: Fearless and inventive." --J.T. Hutt
        Should've had a maypole option... ;)
Which DBD module do you use the most at work?
by szabgab (Priest) on Mar 31, 2006 at 17:56 UTC
    • ADO
    • Adabas
    • CSV
    • DB2
    • DBM
    • Excel
    • File
    • Google
    • Informix
    • Ingres
    • InterBase
    • JDBC
    • LDAP
    • Mock
    • ODBC
    • Oracle
    • Pg
    • RAM
    • Salesforce
    • Sponge
    • Sprite
    • SQLite
    • Sybase
    • Yaswi
    • iPod
    • mSQL
    • mysql
Re: poll ideas quest
by gri6507 (Deacon) on Aug 10, 2005 at 21:49 UTC
    My preferred debugger is:

    * print "Debug: here1"
    * ptkdb
    * Komodo
    * Raid (tm)
    * I don't need no debugger. My code is perfect
    * Other

      Just a bad joke:
      * Customers

Re: poll ideas quest
by zby (Vicar) on Jul 25, 2003 at 12:28 UTC
    There are some nodes mentioning siblings of monks. So I devised the following poll:

    I have:

    • 0
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5 or more
    • I don't know
Re: poll ideas quest
by fauria (Deacon) on Jul 21, 2005 at 14:33 UTC

      I like this poll. Here are the results. (:

      - tye        

Re: poll ideas quest
by Minimiscience (Beadle) on Jun 06, 2007 at 02:11 UTC
    The glass is...
    • half full.
    • half empty.
    • empty. Hey, I was thirsty.
    • Hold on, let me measure it.
    • a cylindrical object formed mostly from molten silicon dioxide, lacking an upper base, and containing approximately 50% hydrogen oxide with trace amounts of lead and 50% atmospheric gasses.
    • just another part of the illusion that our senses are all tapped into.
    • broken. Where's your stupid personality test now, huh?
    • severely lacking in my alcoholic beverage of choice.
    • Wait, that's not a glass! It's a small mimic!
    • Glass? What glass?
      Twice as large as it needs to be
      • unwelcome in UK cinemas.
      • being peered through by Captain Jack Sparrow.

      Free bonus non-Perl poetry

      Look: Glass is half full.
      Zenzap! Haiku switcheroo!
      Glass is half empty.

      Half full of water, and half full of air.

Re: poll ideas quest
by dimar (Curate) on Apr 07, 2006 at 17:02 UTC

    Which perl feature are you NEVER going to use, even though you know how it works?

    • __DATA__
    • use English;
    • formats;
    • tr///;
    • here documents;
    • quotelike operators;
    • prototypes;
    • modules;
    • require;
    • eval;
    • goto;
    • labeled blocks;
    • __END__
Re: poll ideas quest : Cheese Matters
by Random_Walk (Prior) on Jul 22, 2005 at 11:56 UTC

    My Favourite Cheese is:

    • Brie
    • Caerphilly
    • Cambazolla
    • Camembert
    • Cheddar
    • Cheshire
    • Danish Blue
    • Double Gloucester
    • Edam
    • Emmental
    • Fetta
    • Gorgonzola
    • Gouda
    • Manchego
    • Mozzarella
    • Oud Amsterdam
    • Pecorino Romano
    • Port Salut
    • Red Leicester
    • Roquefort
    • Stilton
    • Vacherin Mont d' Or
    • Wensleydale
    • cheese
    • Other, Please Comment


    Pereant, qui ante nos nostra dixerunt!
Re: poll ideas quest
by DrWhy (Chaplain) on Aug 17, 2005 at 20:50 UTC
    When are you moving to India in order to find a better job:
    1. Next month.
    2. Next year.
    3. When the company decides to outsouce my boss's job, so I can get him to train me to replace him.
    4. I already have a great job in India!
    5. When Mumbai freezes over.
    6. After I finish this Hindi-on-Tape course.
    7. Where's India?
    8. Dood. India's old nooz. I'm packin' my bags for SeaCode!


    "If God had meant for us to think for ourselves he would have given us brains. Oh, wait..."

Re: poll ideas quest
by blazar (Canon) on Mar 11, 2007 at 12:23 UTC

      Some more for you:

      • ... It would have absorbed APL into its syntax;

      • ... MIT Labs would have written an operating system in it as a proof of concept;

      • ... The NSA would have slapped export restrictions on it as a weapon;

      Apprentice wetware hacker

      ... it would have had a profound effect on Hippies

        ... it would have had a profound effect on Hippies

        And vice versa? :-)

Re: poll ideas quest
by GrandFather (Saint) on Aug 19, 2005 at 01:06 UTC

    My age is:

  • 1-10
  • 11-20
  • 21-30
  • 31-40
  • 41-50
  • 51-60
  • > 61
  • a lady never revels her age
  • none of your business
  • I am ageless

    Perl is Huffman encoded by design.
Re: poll ideas quest
by grinder (Bishop) on Sep 19, 2006 at 15:48 UTC

    If I was forced to program in another language, the Perl language feature I would miss most would be:

    • formats
    • heredocs
    • do blocks
    • block eval
    • array slices
    • qw operator
    • next and last
    • trailing commas
    • statement modifiers
    • variable interpolation
    • anonymous subroutines

    Note, I'm not talking about CPAN, the testing infrastructure or anything "big". I'm interesting in what makes Perl so nice to use when you're working at the coalface.

    (the list is sorted by length of item, at least in my font).

    • another intruder with the mooring in the heart of the Perl

Re: poll ideas quest
by pileofrogs (Priest) on Nov 19, 2005 at 01:42 UTC
    Another surrealist poll. I'm either stealing this from a buddy in the 5th grade or a stand up comic...
    (question) How big is the color red, true or false? (options) Strongly Disagree [] Disagree [] Agree [] Strongly Agree []
I program GUIs in with perl with:
by gam3 (Curate) on Feb 02, 2006 at 15:38 UTC
    I program GUIs (in perl) using:
    • X11::Protocol
    • Tk
    • Gtk
    • Gtk2
    • Qt
    • Gnome
    • Gnome2
    • KDE
    • Glade
    • QApplication
    • Curses
    • Other (Please tell me so I can use it too)
    • CowboyNeal
    -- gam3
    A picture is worth a thousand words, but takes 200K.
Re: poll ideas quest
by BigLug (Chaplain) on Sep 26, 2002 at 04:26 UTC
    How about: What is the greated number of times you've clicked 'Preview' before you're ready to 'Submit' a post to perlmonks?
    1. More than 5
    2. 5
    3. 4
    4. 3
    5. 2
    6. 1
    7. 1, but thats just because there's no 'Submit' on the first page.
      Go to your user settings and in the Miscellaneous section select "No Forced Preview" to add option h. 0.
Re: poll ideas quest
by jimt (Chaplain) on Jul 19, 2006 at 19:55 UTC

    I'm always curious about why people chose or started using perl. So how about...

    I first became interested in Perl because...

    • The regular expressions
    • No need for explicit typing
    • I thought I needed to use it to make CGI scripts
    • all the modules on CPAN
    • it seemed trendy
    • it's very easy to pick up and start writing
    • my employer told me to
    • my friends convinced me to switch to it
      I wonder how many start using Perl due to advocacy from others. Me. Me. Pick me.

      Two great perl programmers at work turned me out

      Coming from C++ and the all the rules, I found perl to be an easy, fast way to do my simple tasks. Then I fell in love with perl monks. Now i'm sold.

      I am learning perl because it's fun! It's been fun to learn perl/TK also.

      I wonder how many start using Perl due to advocacy from others.
Re: poll ideas quest
by gregor42 (Parson) on Nov 07, 2006 at 13:57 UTC
    What I look for in a Turkey is...
    • Size
    • Symmetry
    • Efficiency
    • Maintainability
    • Smallest Footprint/Padprint
    • Speed
    • Functionality
    • Objective Orientation
    • Friendly User Interface/Quack
    • Aerodynamics
    • Proximate patches
    • Stuffing
    • Tofu
    • A Chicken and a Duck
    • Dinosaur DNA
    • CowboyNeal

    Wait! This isn't a Parachute, this is a Backpack!
Re: poll ideas quest
by shmem (Chancellor) on Apr 24, 2007 at 16:36 UTC
    My favourite typo is
    • mkae
    • prel
    • sl
    • acheive
    • I get first and last char right, mostly
    • ayn, Im' lysdexic / steghalenic
    • exchnage
    • fileds
    • open I,'<',$life
    • I have splice, pop and shitf at my fingretips
    • swap or round-robin two or more chars
    • none - I am globally strict
    • tyeglob
    • other (please specify)
Re: poll ideas quest
by anonymized user 468275 (Curate) on Aug 04, 2005 at 11:21 UTC
    Which of the following features is most likely to influence the order in which you read PM nodes, i.e. to read them before reading a nother node:

    1) The timestamp (earliest first for replies, latest for original nodes)

    2) The depth of reply level (treating an original node as 0 and having the highest priority in this case).

    3) The category it lives in (e.g. SoPW, MonasteryGates...)

    4) By Newest nodes

    5) By Recently active threads

    6) Other?

    One world, one people

Re: poll ideas quest
by Caillte (Friar) on Jul 20, 2005 at 16:27 UTC
    Which work would benefit most from being translated into perl poetry?
    • Harry Potter
    • The Bible
    • The Art of War
    • Shakespear's The Tempest
    • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
    • The Joy of Sex

    This page is intentionally left justified.

Re: poll ideas quest
by talexb (Chancellor) on Jul 25, 2006 at 18:22 UTC

    We just had a poll (or are still having a poll) on "How did you first get involved in Perl", so my suggestion is the followup to that question, which might be phrased as "Why do you stick with Perl after all this time?"

    In my case, I'm (eight years into it, heh) still learning about how Perl works, how certain modules work, how testing works, and about Perl 6, which looks like it's going to be very cool when it arrives (in 18 months .. it's always 18 months away).


    • I found CPAN
    • I found Perlmonks
    • I finally got a really good handle on regular expressions (or closures, or inheritance, or Perl OO ..)
    • I found out I could use it for CGI scripts
    • I found out I could use it for things other than CGI scripts
    • I attended a Perlmongers meeting and was impressed with the local community
    • I attended a YAPC and felt right at home (or was able to harangue a module author in person ..)
    • I got a chance to re-do some horrible old Perl code and had so much fun doing it that I'm here to stay
    • I tried some of the other scripting languages but got frustrated. (Indentation, lack of CPAN, verbosity, too OO, not OO enough ..)

    Alex / talexb / Toronto

    "Groklaw is the open-source mentality applied to legal research" ~ Linus Torvalds

      Can you work on providing some choices for "Why do you stick with Perl after all this time?"?
        "There's better yet"

        Maybe we could do this one with just one option O:-)

Re: poll ideas quest
by wfsp (Abbot) on Nov 29, 2006 at 06:25 UTC
    When I'm cold I...

    warm by the fire
    warm beside the fire
    warm under fire (and get a medal)
    sing carols by the fire
    sling carol on the fire
    argue about grammar
    warm marshmallows by the fire ("...and put them where?")
    warm nuts by the fire
    deconstruct a conflagration

    The bad jokes are mine and the good ones are from the cb.

    Update: corrected spelling (yet another bourgeois prejudice). :-)

Re: poll ideas quest
by blue_cowdawg (Monsignor) on May 16, 2007 at 16:13 UTC

    What is your idea of the breakfast of champions?:

    • Fish and Chips
    • Eggs and Bacon
    • Boxed dry cereal (Corn Flakes, Total, Cheerios, etc.)
    • Corn flakes and beer
    • Beer
    • Pancakes
    • Bagels
    • Toast
    • Biscuits
    • Oatmeal
    • Cream of Wheat
    • Other

    Peter L. Berghold -- Unix Professional
    Peter -at- Berghold -dot- Net; AOL IM redcowdawg Yahoo IM: blue_cowdawg
Re: poll ideas quest (watch)
by ambrus (Abbot) on Jan 08, 2006 at 14:54 UTC

        "None, I'm always at the PC" doesn't make much sense to me. I'm always at the pc, but even there I can use a digital or analog clock program.

      Hey, ambrus, I've never seen one anywhere before, but I'd love to know if there's a place you can get:  a digital watch which displays a single, timet value -- that would be the ultimate geek possession!  :-)

      @ARGV=split//,"/:L"; map{print substr crypt($_,ord pop),2,3}qw"PerlyouC READPIPE provides"
      • a sundial
      • the neighbours dog, which starts yelping at precisely 5am every morning
      • my mobile phone
      • /bin/date
      • the status line on my screen session, which is given by caption always "%{Yb} %D %Y-%02m-%02d %0c:%s %{k}|%{G} %l %{k}|%{W} %-w%{+u}%n %t%{-u}%+w"
        a sundial

        Ah yes, that's a nice idea. (Some people can tell the time by looking at the sun but I can never read the figures.)

        my mobile phone
        the status line on my screen session, which is given by caption always "%{Yb} %D %Y-%02m-%02d %0c:%s %{k}|%{G} %l %{k}|%{W} %-w%{+u}%n %t%{-u}%+w"

        I have the same problem with these options as above. These are just digital clocks (except that some mobile phones can also show an analog clock in which case I'd like to know which one yo prefer).

Re: poll ideas quest
by shenme (Priest) on Feb 01, 2007 at 02:02 UTC
    Answers come to me ...
    • when I stand up (fundamental vascular decompression)
    • when I walk away (mental decompression)
    • when I leave work (attitudinal decompression)
    • when I drive home (cylinder compressions)
    • when listening to music (audio decompression)
    • when watching TV (visual impressions)
    • when waking up (diurnal recompression)
    • when driving to work (schedule recompression)
    • when in meetings (sudden pressures)
    • in CowboyNeal's voice in my sleep (depressing, ain't it?)

      Answers come to me ...

      • when I'm taking a shower (fluid compression)
      Answers Come to me ...

      Wait! This isn't a Parachute, this is a Backpack!
Re: poll ideas quest
by blazar (Canon) on Jan 25, 2006 at 08:38 UTC
Re: poll ideas quest
by McDarren (Abbot) on Apr 15, 2006 at 13:46 UTC
Re: poll ideas quest
by McDarren (Abbot) on Sep 18, 2006 at 07:59 UTC
    The most unusual place I have logged into Perl Monks from is:
    • my home
    • my home, whilst taking a bath
    • somebody else's home
    • somebody else's home, whilst taking a bath
    • my office/school/university
    • my office/school/university, whilst taking a bath
    • my car, whilst driving
    • a train
    • a bus
    • a boat/ship
    • an aeroplane
    • StarBucks™
    • a SpaceShuttle
    • a public washroom
    • a private washroom
    • all of the above
    • somewhere else...
      You sure get in some strange places!

Re: poll ideas quest
by Spidy (Chaplain) on Nov 04, 2005 at 17:40 UTC
    How many Surrealists does it take to write a Perl program?
    • A Fish.
    • rand(4);
    • 8.
Re: poll ideas quest
by mildside (Friar) on Nov 24, 2005 at 05:47 UTC
    The coffee I drink (and what programmer doesn't) is usually:

    - Crappy Caterer's blend provided by my employer.
    - Cafeteria muck.
    - Nescafe, and I bring my own.
    - Plunger coffee, I and I bring my own pre-ground.
    - Filter coffee.
    - Quality Espresso coffee.
    - I get my freshly roasted beans delivered and grind them myself.
    - I roast my own beans (serious coffe lovers only).

Re: poll ideas quest
by holli (Abbot) on Feb 07, 2006 at 21:03 UTC
    How would you look for a needle in a bundle of hay?
    • burn the hay and sieve the ashes.
    • use a magnet.
    • use a metal detector.
    • pick out every single straw and take what remains.
    • x-ray the hay.
    • none of the above (please tell us how).

    holli, /regexed monk/
      Hire a team from Bangalore to do it for cheap.
Re: poll ideas quest
by marto (Cardinal) on Oct 15, 2006 at 23:14 UTC
Re: poll ideas quest
by marto (Cardinal) on Mar 19, 2006 at 14:15 UTC
      Office Space

      Hands down.


      tbone1, YAPS (Yet Another Perl Schlub)
      And remember, if he succeeds, so what.
      - Chick McGee

      Give me something with more 'meat':

      After the 'genius' programmer has left the project for more money, his horrible code crashes the first time someone tries to touch it, everything stops working, and the department struggles for survival, all the while the "big guys" stomp around bellowing and threatening to eat any failures alive. All is saved by a 'junior' member of the staff, who volunteers their unexpected expertise ("I know this!"), accomplishing a miracle save with a few mouse clicks, and the systems come back to life. Not wanting to be swallowed up by the all-consuming system, the entire remaining staff then bug out for better working conditions leaving the company to collapse from its own internal faults.

      Without specifying a year or range of years, a poll like this would always be out of date, unless, somehow, automatically updated.

        The post (from 2006) has the option "None of the above, please specify". Complicating matters by introducing a time factor for some reason makes no sense to me.

Re: poll ideas quest
by theroninwins (Friar) on Mar 20, 2006 at 14:53 UTC
    If Perl would not exist, what would you be doing...

    o be in the circuis business
    o be inventing it
    o be unemployed and proud of it
    o be gaming
    o using another language...they are all the same
Re: poll ideas quest
by davies (Prior) on Aug 09, 2005 at 07:43 UTC
    Would it help to have some advance notice of what the next poll will be? That way, monks could comment on missing, duplicated or just plain funny options before voting started.


    John Davies
Re: poll ideas quest
by DrWhy (Chaplain) on Aug 09, 2006 at 00:33 UTC
    The Next Great Perl Book from O'Reilly will be:
    • Perl in a Nuthouse
    • Perl Worst Practices
    • Learning Perl/Curses (and Other Magic)
    • Mastering Perl Irregular Expressions and Other s/#!\t/.
    • Embalming and Entombing Perl (or Why Won't Perl Just die()?)
    • Prrrl for Grrrls
    • Perl Tasting: A Developer's Cookbook
    • Objectionable Disoriented Perl
    • Perl for Middle Managers
    • The Perl Kelley Blue Book
    • Monkey Business: The Compleat Guide to the Perl Monastery
    • All I Ever Needed to Know I Downloaded from CPAN
    • Mastering Learning Perl Pocket Cookbook Reference CD Bookshelf for Perl Mongers and Other Insane Idiots in a Nutshell.


    "If God had meant for us to think for ourselves he would have given us brains. Oh, wait..."

      You forgot:
      Mastering regular aggression
      Oriënt-objected programming,
      Perl before swines,

      if( exists $aeons{strange} ){ die $death unless ( $death%2 ) }
        Perl before swines
        I already have that one. It's just an alternate title for "Perl for Middle Managers"


        "If God had meant for us to think for ourselves he would have given us brains. Oh, wait..."

Re: poll ideas quest
by kabeldag (Hermit) on Dec 03, 2006 at 10:47 UTC
    When casting a vote, I usually :

    • Send ++ to worthy nodes
    • Send -- votes to George Bush
    • Send ++ votes to George Bush
    • Send votes to informative nodes
    • open(XP,">>&STDOUT");
    • open(XP,">>$ANONYMOUS_MONK");
    • open(XP,">>/dev/null");
    • open(XP,"<<&STDIN");
    • Cast incorrectly due to a high ethyl alcohol reading
    • Vote for change
    • Vote for stability
    • Vote for more motor sport venues
    • Vote for pencils with erasers
    • Read the node before voting
Re: poll ideas quest
by lima1 (Curate) on Aug 15, 2006 at 11:19 UTC
    When I am bored, I usually...
    • write some obfuscated code
    • write some cool but completely useless modules like Lingua::Romana::Perligata
    • Chat with Nevtlathiel
    • Write a three page answer to the newest Hash-of-Hashes question
    • Start some flamewars on
    • Reload my favorite news page every 5 seconds to make sure I am the first who read the newest article
    • Play a tetris clone
Re: poll ideas quest
by gregor42 (Parson) on Jan 31, 2007 at 21:30 UTC
    My ideal Valentine:
    • Doesn't know I exist
    • Hates my guts
    • Thinks I'm a creep
    • Doesn't know it yet
    • I haven't met yet
    • I'll never meet
    • I can't get out of my mind
    • Is never going to see it coming
    • Is layin' on down by the fire
    • Is hacking code by dim light
    • Sweet Bloody Valentine...
    • Has a quad-core
    • Is overclocked
    • Can beat me at chess
    • Curses in Russian
    • Can beat me at Katamari Damashii
    • Hates Consumer-Oriented Holidays as much as I do
    • All I want to do is a boom, boom, boom and a vroom, vroom

    Wait! This isn't a Parachute, this is a Backpack!
      Shows up with beer and Thai food
Re: poll ideas quest
by InfiniteLoop (Hermit) on Aug 11, 2005 at 20:19 UTC
    How about:
    What is your annual income:
    • Less than $50,000
    • > $50,000 and < $100,000
    • >$100,000
    • Im Bill Gates
    • I work in <generic country>, you dolt!
Re: poll ideas quest
by atemon (Chaplain) on Jul 03, 2007 at 07:22 UTC

    I am most efficient in Perl, when I am

    • Passionate
    • Romantic
    • Jocking
    • Angry
    • Frustrated
    • Serious
    • Happy
    • Scared
    • Others

    I am most efficient in Perl, when I face

    • North
    • South
    • East
    • West
    • Window
    • Monitor/Screen
    • Productivity? Whats it?
    • Sleeping
    • Others

    Don't you like perl

    • Yes
    • No

      I am most efficient in Perl, when I am ...
      • Motivated
      • Under pressure
      • Close to a mile-stone
      • Close to a solution
      • Just after finding the right algorithm
      • Just after a salary raise
      I am most efficient in Perl, when I face ...
      • Facing a dead-line
      • My boss
      • Weekend
      • My (girl)friend
      • The TV
      Do you like perl ...
      • Perl? What's that?
      • Do I have to?
      • Yes, but only if it makes me (rich/beloved/...)

      Enjoy, Have FUN! H.Merijn
Re: poll ideas quest
by 5mi11er (Deacon) on Jul 25, 2005 at 22:43 UTC

      You could also include the camel that passes through the eye of a needle.

Re: poll ideas quest
by tbone1 (Monsignor) on Sep 01, 2005 at 13:53 UTC
    I prefer:

    • 1
    • 0
    • null
    • undefined
    • null but defined
    • beer

    tbone1, YAPS (Yet Another Perl Schlub)
    And remember, if he succeeds, so what.
    - Chick McGee

Re: poll ideas quest
by dynamo (Chaplain) on May 31, 2006 at 23:16 UTC
    In polls, I usually:

    1. Really think it through and choose the best answer for me.
    2. Roll a d20, and get the modulus vs. number of choices.
    3. Choose the one I think will be most popular.
    4. Choose the one I think will be least popular.
    5. Choose the one I want to be most popular.
    6. Choose the weirdest one.
    7. Choose what my party tells me to.
Re: poll ideas quest
by VSarkiss (Monsignor) on Oct 02, 2006 at 17:27 UTC
Re: poll ideas quest (blanket; this sentence no)
by ambrus (Abbot) on Sep 06, 2005 at 08:20 UTC

    The length of my blanket is

    • <1.8 m
    • 1.8 m
    • 2.0 m
    • 2.2 m
    • >2.2 m
    • I use none

    This sentence no...

    • verb
    • sense
    • fun
    • way a poll question
    • answer
    • true
    • end

      Note that I posted this before "I accidentally the whole thing" became an internet meme.

Re: poll ideas quest
by Hue-Bond (Priest) on Oct 10, 2006 at 06:59 UTC

    "My favorite Perl Monks theme is" revisited:

    • Default
    • Blue Web-Safe
    • Dark
    • Green Web-Safe
    • JBlue
    • Night Shift
    • Perl-Blue
    • Red
    • One of those, with changes
    • I've made my own
    • Copied and adapted from somewhere
    • None of the above
    • Themes? Great! Where are they?

    David Serrano

Re: poll ideas quest
by hasimir44 (Sexton) on Jun 17, 2006 at 01:43 UTC
    Which movie would you like to see first? 1. children of the cron 2. X11men 3. openoffice space 4. sleep ping in Seattle 5. tar cry 6. bash of the titans
Re: poll ideas quest
by ww (Archbishop) on Oct 23, 2006 at 14:47 UTC
    Scariest part of Hallow'een at the Monastery is:
    • cookie-crumblers (at the porticullis)
    • zombies
    • 'bots
    • the bony one
    • dragons
    • other bretheren
    • javascript
    • <UNhidden>dhoss with a sock and numerous bars of soap after a night of trick or treating (ie: horseless headman)

      Hey...i don't see "dhoss with a sock and numerous bars of soap after a night of trick or treating"...I think we all know the horror of that :-D

Re: poll ideas quest
by Moron (Curate) on Apr 25, 2007 at 13:43 UTC
    If at work I have to use Windows XP with a write-protected hard drive so I can't put Perl on my desktop, I ...
    o format the disk and reinstall Windows o format the disk and reinstall Linux o format the disk and reinstall both o produce a costing of the lost development time as a result of an ina +dequate desktop and send it to my manager o call the helpdesk and report it as a fault o record half an hour per day "Windows overhead" in my timesheets o nothing I just live with it o what's Window's XP? o bring own Linux laptop to work o bring own Windows laptop to work o instead go and fulfil my childhood ambition to be a train driver, wo +oo! wooo!

    ^M Free your mind!

Re: poll ideas quest
by jwkrahn (Abbot) on Apr 01, 2006 at 04:29 UTC
    Favourite comedy troupe:
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus
  • Firesign Theatre
  • Whose Line Is It Anyway?
  • Saturday Night Live - Ackroyd, Belushi, Curtin, Morris, Murray, Newman, Radner
  • Kids In The Hall
  • Parliament/Congress/Senate
Re: poll ideas quest
by Tyraziel (Novice) on Jul 21, 2005 at 19:15 UTC

    Should emoticons become accepted ways to end a sentance online?

    • Yes
    • No
    • Only :-), :-/, :-(

    etc etc

    Sometimes ending a sentance with an emoticon adds a little to the way you should read it :-)

Re: poll ideas quest
by BerntB (Deacon) on Sep 04, 2006 at 08:58 UTC
    Worst work-destroying Poll:

    • A list of web-comics where I've never heard of half
    • Sigh.. what can compare to previous option? :-(
Re: poll ideas quest
by EvanK (Chaplain) on Feb 06, 2007 at 16:19 UTC
    I really should know better, but I still don't...
    • ...use strict;
    • ...use warnings;
    • ...not roll my own
    • ...utilize a revision control system
    • map or grep in non-void context
    • ...control flow with loops instead of goto labels
    • ...perform unit tests
    • ...untaint user input
    • ...lexically scope variables with my
    • ...use Google and Super Search
    • ...stop taunting the Node Reaper

    The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.
    - Terry Pratchett

Re: poll ideas quest
by gregor42 (Parson) on Jan 26, 2006 at 19:42 UTC

    Two humble submissions:

    Poll 1:

    What is the correct plural form of the word "virus"?

    • viruses
    • virus
    • viri
    • virii
    • CowboyNeal

    Poll 2:

    What is your favorite meta-syntactic variable name?

    • foo
    • bar
    • baz
    • qux
    • quux
    • jorge
    • grault
    • garply
    • waldo
    • fred
    • plugh
    • xyzzy
    • thud
    • CowboyNeal

    Wait! This isn't a Parachute, this is a Backpack!
      You left out Bob.

      -- gam3
      A picture is worth a thousand words, but takes 200K.

      Virii and viruses are the only real options, but the poll could be generalized as: Should Latin words be pluralizes in English or in Latin. Or, perhaps, which Latin words should be pluralized in Latin (and which in English.)

Re: poll ideas quest
by kwaping (Priest) on May 04, 2006 at 17:08 UTC
    If was to start charging for access, I would be willing to pay:
    • a small monthly fee
    • a large monthly fee
    • a small annual fee
    • a large annual fee
    • whatever is asked
    • attention
    • a compliment
    • my respects
    • cash to [id://CowboyNeal] or [id://Paco]
    • absolutely nothing
    • this poll sucks

    It's all fine and dandy until someone has to look at the code.
      this poll sucks

      Doesn't fit well, and it is usual false modesty. My humble proposal:

      • my vows
      • PM with disdain
        I guess the humor is lost without context. On some other forums I frequent, there's always an option like that, which usually gets 98% of the votes. I added that option to maintain that tradition.

        Plus, I kinda do think it sucks... :)

        It's all fine and dandy until someone has to look at the code.
      I'd just keep visiting
Re: poll ideas quest
by Gremlin (Acolyte) on Apr 01, 2001 at 12:44 UTC
    We should get some bumper stickers with
    "I left my wife for Perl !"
Re: poll ideas quest
by robot_tourist (Hermit) on Sep 06, 2005 at 06:48 UTC

    Preferred grey for gui widgets:

    • #bbbbbb
    • #cccccc
    • #dddddd
    • #eeeeee
    • #d4d0c8
    • other - please specify

    How can you feel when you're made of steel? I am made of steel. I am the Robot Tourist.
    Robot Tourist, by Ten Benson

Re: poll ideas quest
by syphilis (Archbishop) on Jul 08, 2007 at 15:38 UTC
    When I convert to Islam I will change my name to:
  • elsif mkdir
  • umask chroot
  • eof semget
  • seekdir pack
  • Sheik Rattle'n'Roll
  • Other
Re: poll ideas quest
by Pied (Monk) on Aug 01, 2005 at 08:17 UTC
    How far can a swallow wearing coconuts fly?
    -Is it an European swallow?
    -CowboyNeal shot it down
    -ObiWan Kenobi says there are no coconuts *waves his hand*
    -It can't fly with coconuts!
    -Far...Very far..

    Who's the strongest?

    In space, no one will hear you
    -flush the toilets
    -*not* flush the toilets
    -use emacs
    -and you are sad
    -sing madonna
    -who cares?

    You like your coffee with
    -sugar and cream
    -a handsome guy
    -a beautiful girl
    -all the love you can give


    Are the monkeys gone yet?
Re: poll ideas quest
by jonix (Friar) on Nov 24, 2005 at 10:35 UTC

    Please name your Linux Distribution of choice

    • Ubuntu Linux
    • Mandriva Linux
    • Fedora Core
    • Debian GNU/Linux
    • Knoppix
    • MEPIS Linux
    • Gentoo Linux
    • Slackware Linux
    • Xandros Desktop
    • Other Linux (please tell us)
    • None (*BSD)
    • None (Mac)
    • None (other *NIX)
    • None (BeOS)
    • None (Windows)
    • None (other OS)
    • I am undecided about my OS or Distro choice

    Please dont be annoyed if your favourite Distro or OS is not among the choices, I just derived them from the most popular list at


      If the the list were refreshed today and the poll posted tomorrow, i would wonder how up-to-date the list would be. Even with the most popular list, things just change too quickly. Unless we could have some form of real-time polling options. :)

        Interesting, some of the distros on the list are still popular now more then eight years later. :-)
Re: poll ideas quest
by pileofrogs (Priest) on Dec 01, 2005 at 19:05 UTC

    When you see poor spelling in a post on PM what does that make you think about the poster?

    • I wouldn't let 'em touch my code/documentation with a ten foot pole.
    • They might code OK, but I don't want them doing documentation.
    • It's a post on PM, so it doesn't matter. If it were a more formal document, I'd have a low opinion of the poster.
    • I don't think it makes a difference either way.
    • Poor spellers are a superior breed of humanity.
      you can also,add
    • he want to post as soon as possible
    • By mistake

Re: poll ideas quest (housework)
by ambrus (Abbot) on Apr 13, 2007 at 15:27 UTC
    1. The title for the housework poll shall be:
      • The chore I hate the most is
      • The chore I enjoy the most is
      • The ideal partner is one that does
      • I wish my spouse would do
      • I force my spouse to do
      • I force my children to do
      • My family is grateful that I always do
      • I wish parents didn't force children to do
      • I pay a servant to do
      • I belive people in 2050 won't have to do
      • I wish perl would help me do
    2. ...
      • looking after child
      • shopping
      • cooking
      • feeding child
      • washing up
      • putting the cutlery in/out the dishwasher
      • buying clothes
      • buying chlotes for child
      • washing by hand
      • washing with a machine
      • hanging chlotes
      • ironing
      • cleaning shoes
      • doing the bed
      • cleaning windows
      • dusting shelves
      • tidying my desk
      • vacuum cleaning
      • sweeping with a broom
      • mopping
      • repainting walls
      • gardening
      • watering plants
      • repairing the car
      • changing light bulbs
      • feeding and walking pets
      • looking after household animals
      • something else (please detail)

    This may be redundant to Irregular Webcomic poll 301: Which household chore do you dislike the least?, won by taking out the rubbish.

      2. ...

      • Cleaning the toilet

      DWIM is Perl's answer to Gödel
        • Put the lid down
        • Put the lid up
Re: poll ideas quest
by kulls (Hermit) on Dec 02, 2005 at 04:38 UTC

    Purl Monks going to be very peak traffic in
    • Asian timings
    • European timings
    • US timings
    • Not at all - we manage well
    • Weekend holidays
    • 24 hrs Non-stop busy

Re: poll ideas quest
by leocharre (Priest) on Mar 06, 2006 at 14:40 UTC

    Choose one:

    • vi
    • vim
    • gvim
    • what th.. ?
Re: poll ideas quest
by davis (Vicar) on Dec 05, 2005 at 15:22 UTC
    • How many passwords does your (in-head) memory hold?

    Kids, you tried your hardest, and you failed miserably. The lesson is: Never try.
Re: poll ideas quest
by rinceWind (Monsignor) on Nov 25, 2006 at 21:47 UTC

    This is partially inspired by YAML for logs?.

    My preferred way of handling config data in Perl is:

    • .ini files

    • perl code (eval, do or require)

    • shell environment variables

    • YAML

    • JSON

    • XML

    • Something else: please tell


    Oh Lord, won’t you burn me a Knoppix CD ?
    My friends all rate Windows, I must disagree.
    Your powers of persuasion will set them all free,
    So oh Lord, won’t you burn me a Knoppix CD ?
    (Missquoting Janis Joplin)

Re: poll ideas quest
by Spidy (Chaplain) on Jul 21, 2005 at 02:20 UTC
  • Favorite Cheese Flavor
  • Shoe Size
  • # of hours spent on perlmonks/perl related websites
Re: poll ideas quest
by Preceptor (Deacon) on Jan 10, 2006 at 09:04 UTC
    Cats or Dogs?
Re: poll ideas quest
by jhourcle (Prior) on Jun 06, 2007 at 18:25 UTC

    In keeping with the current poll ( I backup my files: ) :

    I test my backups:

    • daily
    • weekly
    • monthly
    • yearly
    • frequently
    • infrequently
    • I knew I was forgetting something
    • when it's too late
    • other
Re: poll ideas quest
by vrk (Chaplain) on Feb 28, 2007 at 21:05 UTC
    Do you have a Perl Geek Code?
    • Yes, of course.
    • Yes, but I'm not telling you.
    • No; never knew it existed!
    • No. I don't do Geek Codes.
Re: poll ideas quest
by EvanK (Chaplain) on Jun 18, 2007 at 18:17 UTC
    Choose wisely:
    • The ozone layer
    • Cheese in a spray can

    Systems development is like banging your head against a wall...
    It's usually very painful, but if you're persistent, you'll get through it.

Re: poll ideas quest
by jffry (Hermit) on Jan 27, 2006 at 17:41 UTC
    If I won the lottery big-time, I'd spend my working hours:
    • holding the same job; I love it here!
    • contributing to Perl Core.
    • contributing to CPAN.
    • contributing to some other free software project.
    • playing Dungeons & Dragons.
    • watching Dr. Who episodes.
    • writing/reading those novels I've been meaning to get to.
    • catching up on my sunlight exposure deficit.
    • finally giving those girls on a call.
    • all of the above.
      make a list of all the bad things you've done so far and try to make good for's all about karma you know ;)
Re: poll ideas quest (sleep)
by ambrus (Abbot) on May 13, 2006 at 14:33 UTC

    Two polls about sleeping habits. They are not quite orthogonal, they could be combined to one if you really want to; or some options can be removed if you want a shorter poll.

    I usually sleep ...

    • lying on my back
    • lying on my front
    • lying on my left side
    • lying on my right side
    • lying curled up on my side
    • lying on either my front or my back
    • lying on either side
    • lying in any position
    • sitting
    • standing
    • walking
    • I never sleep

    I mostly sleep ...

    • on a bed with a soft mattress
    • on a bed with a firm mattress
    • on a sofabed
    • on a foldable camping bed
    • on a hammock
    • in an armchair
    • on a mattress on the floor
    • on the floor
    • in a tent
    • outdoor in a sleeping bag
    • on the street
    • sitting on a vehicle
    • over work/studies
    • in a meeting/conference
    • walking
    • (Update) via 4-arg select
    • I never sleep
    • I always sleep

    (It might also be possible to ask about what kind of pillow one uses.)

    (Update: thanks for ysth for his suggestion.)

    Update 2008 sep 6: second one done: I mostly sleep...

      perl will never solve...
      ..uh.. world peace, the common cold, poverty...

      perl can solve...
      ...sorting through someones collection of anime JPG's alphabetically... oh yeah... spelunking DB's..
Re: poll ideas quest
by TStanley (Canon) on Jul 08, 2007 at 15:16 UTC
    Who is your favorite Transformer:
    • Optimus Prime
    • Bumblebee
    • Ratchet
    • Ironhide
    • Jazz
    • Megatron
    • Barricade
    • BoneCrusher
    • Starscream
    • Soundwave
    • Ravage

    UPDATE: Added Ravage to list on 7 Sep 07

    People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf. -- George Orwell

      Wait! This isn't a Parachute, this is a Backpack!
        I took the names mostly from the old cartoon series, with a couple of the Decepticon names from the new movie, which was absolutely amazing. It was very cool to see the Transformers brought to life.

        People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf. -- George Orwell
Re: poll ideas quest
by kwaping (Priest) on Jun 12, 2006 at 16:31 UTC
    I think it'd be really great to resurrect I have contributed a module to CPAN now, to see how the numbers have changed, and to see who's done what since then.

    It's all fine and dandy until someone has to look at the code.
Re: poll ideas quest
by cosmicperl (Chaplain) on Oct 02, 2007 at 16:37 UTC
    Some like the idea, some hate the idea. I think a poll would let us all know exactly what the figures are.

    A) Think Perl certification is all round good
    B) Think Perl certification is bad but see the need
    C) Think Perl certification is bad but understand businesses would like it
    D) Think Perl certification is all round bad
    E) Undecided

Re: poll ideas quest
by Marza (Vicar) on Sep 06, 2005 at 19:58 UTC
    I am bad at remembering lines but how about a poll for the best game lines?
Re: poll ideas quest
by kutsu (Priest) on Feb 10, 2006 at 20:29 UTC

    If I were to compete in an Olympic Event it would be:

    • Alpine Skiing
    • Biathlon
    • Bobsled
    • Cross-country Skiing
    • Curling
    • Figure Skating
    • Freestyle Skiing
    • Ice Hockey
    • Luge
    • Nordic Combined
    • Short Track
    • Skeleton
    • Ski Jumping
    • Snowboarding
    • Speed Skating
    • I prefer just to watch
Re: poll ideas quest
by monkfan (Curate) on Oct 15, 2005 at 02:39 UTC
    I think I can be more useful to PM if I am allowed to be member of:
    • pmdev
    • janitors
    • pollsters
    • QandAEditors
    • SiteDocClan
    • power users
    Yep. gods is not included. It's a birthright!

    This is another one, most helpful saint (that appears often in CB) is:
    • Zaxo
    • castaway
    • ikegami
    • Corion
    • BrowserUK
    • davido
    • tlm
    • tye
    • ysth

Re: poll ideas quest
by Skeeve (Parson) on Mar 17, 2007 at 06:54 UTC

    Do you want to vote on this poll?

    • Yes
    • No

Re: poll ideas quest
by arkturuz (Curate) on Jun 01, 2006 at 07:35 UTC
    Here's an idea:

    My next tatoo will be:

    • DWIM
    • use strict;
    • Devil is a loser
    • Rock n Roll
    • Perl n Roll
      No the "next" tatoo should be: "For proper operation this side should face down" Inked on the bottom of your foot. No, I don't have any tatoos.
Re: poll ideas quest
by Trihedralguy (Pilgrim) on Mar 26, 2007 at 01:50 UTC
    Do you understand the images that change on the different pages of
    1. Yes
    2. No

    > As a new user, I dont understand why there is a guy with a bird on his head, or an evil girl that is red (the devil?).
Re: poll ideas quest
by leocharre (Priest) on Jul 12, 2006 at 15:46 UTC

    Do you think perl will become obsolete/replaced/something indisputably better will appear:

    • in the next 10 years
    • in the next 30 years
    • in the next 50 years
    • by the time this happens, user to hardware interface will make use of all interpreted languages obsolete.

      (Does perl6 count?)

Re: poll ideas quest
by Moron (Curate) on Jul 20, 2006 at 09:59 UTC
    Owing to tight operational rules and sharing of servers between systems, you cannot install non-core Perl modules on a server-wide basis. Assume you have several environments in your production line. Which of the following compensatory activities do you expect to be the most important:

    - automating installations

    - version control

    - customising process environment and directories

    - developing your own modules

    - standardisation of code

    - ...


    Free your mind

      Poll questions are (fortunately?) limited to 240 characters.
        Almost anything is possible with Perl.


        Free your mind

Re: poll ideas quest
by blazar (Canon) on Mar 13, 2007 at 16:46 UTC
Re: poll ideas quest
by ambrus (Abbot) on Mar 18, 2007 at 15:24 UTC
Re: poll ideas quest
by Ojosh!ro (Beadle) on Mar 30, 2007 at 12:16 UTC
    Who is always right?

    • I am
    • The highest ranking replier ( or the oldest or whatever )
    • CowboyNeal?
    • Some super-alpha in the sky...
    • Aliens!!!
    • My dad
    • William Henry Gates III
    • Your girlfriend
    • Anyone with open sores
    • The guy with the biggest gun/wallet
    • Other, Your name here

    if( exists $aeons{strange} ){ die $death unless ( $death%2 ) }
Re: poll ideas quest
by ferreira (Chaplain) on Apr 10, 2007 at 13:12 UTC
    What Unix means to you?
    • Everything
    • Unix, what?
    • A day dream
    • Bread and butter
    • A way of life
    • Stuff for nerds
    • Hell, no!
    • Nothing
Re: poll ideas quest
by apl (Monsignor) on May 03, 2007 at 20:04 UTC
    Favorite _Dilbert_ strip.
    Favorite cartoon strip, current or dead. (Far Side, Dilbert, Adam @ Home, Calvin & Hobbes, Zits, ...).
    Did you like the _Dilbert_ animated series?
    Favorite animated TV series (Dilbert, Tick, Legion of Super Heroes, Cowboy Bebop, ... )

    As far as favorite _Dilbert_ strip, I'd have to go with the first I ever read. The Pointy Haired Boss asks Dilbert if he know Eunuchs (sp). Dilbert replies that he does, and it's pronounced "Unix". PHB replies, "In that case, you can ignore this appointment with the Company Nurse.".
Re: poll ideas quest
by lowphive (Monk) on May 14, 2007 at 09:18 UTC
    i know, i know, kind of juvenile. but i *want* to know!

    who would win in a fight?

        All of them would win fights. Though, being the first two are pacifists, they might find another way. Whether that is considered a win or not...

Re: poll ideas quest
by kabeldag (Hermit) on Aug 22, 2006 at 05:23 UTC
    Would you use a email account ?

    1. Yes
    2. No
Re: poll ideas quest
by blazar (Canon) on Jun 27, 2007 at 08:44 UTC
Re: poll ideas quest
by Scott7477 (Chaplain) on Jun 14, 2006 at 17:52 UTC
    Which academic institution would you rather be offered a job at:

    Institute for Advanced Studies-Princeton NJ
    Santa Fe Institute-Santa Fe, NM
    Jet Propulsion Lab-Pasadena, CA
    Los Alamos National Lab-Los Alamos, NM
    Starfleet Academy-?
      I believe Star Fleet Academy is in San Francisco...


      "If God had meant for us to think for ourselves he would have given us brains. Oh, wait..."

Re: poll ideas quest
by EvanCarroll (Chaplain) on Oct 15, 2005 at 00:13 UTC
    Here is a poll that isn't useless..

    What would like to see better documented?

    1. XS
    2. Mason/TT etc.
    3. Catalyst/Maypole etc
    4. XML/HTML Parsing
    5. Text parsing
    6. X11/Win32 ::GuiTest
    7. perl -d1
    8. Advanced undocumented/unsupported CORE wizardry
    9. TK/QT
    10. EvanCarroll's Life Story

    Other ideas welcomed.

    Evan Carroll
Re: poll ideas quest
by clinton (Priest) on Apr 05, 2006 at 12:12 UTC
    I'm gay and I have met only one other gay programmer. Likewise, by far the majority of developers seem to be men, so I'd be interested in finding out what proportion of perl programmers are male/female gay/straight.

    Are you:

    • A straight man
    • A straight woman
    • A gay man
    • A gay woman
    • A bi man
    • A bi woman
    • An asexual man
    • An asexual woman
    • Something in between
      A gay man
        "A gay man"

        In your case I think closet gay man would be better,
Re: poll ideas quest
by EvanCarroll (Chaplain) on Oct 06, 2006 at 03:39 UTC
    What version control system do you prefer?
    1. Git
    2. SVN - Subversion
    3. SVK
    4. CVS - Concurrent Versioning System
    5. RCS - Revision Control System
    6. Arch
    7. Other
    8. None
    9. SourceSafe
    10. PVCS

    Though no one is going to choose SourceSafe, lets get real, MS doesn't even use it

    Evan Carroll
      Maybe s/use/use most/ ?

      Please include Clearcase and Perforce in the list of options. Also, PVCS and SourceSafe while I think about it.

      There's also the problem of needing to select multiple options. You need to change the wording to add "main" or possibly "preferred".


      Oh Lord, won’t you burn me a Knoppix CD ?
      My friends all rate Windows, I must disagree.
      Your powers of persuasion will set them all free,
      So oh Lord, won’t you burn me a Knoppix CD ?
      (Missquoting Janis Joplin)