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The diversity of answers is one of the best things about PerlMonks, along with the diversity of questions. While this may be a bit overwhelming for a beginner, learning what the possibilities are and how to choose between them is very valuable. Many of the questions are very much beginner questions and many of the answers are written to be helpful to beginners. It is definitely not a site for experts only, IMHO.

As, in the long run, success in programming is as much about communication as it is about variables, data structures and algorithms (think of teams and long term code maintenance), it is also very instructive to see and understand the diversity of perspectives, expressions and communication styles. Often excellent guidance is offered explicitly, and the questions and answers are almost always interesting examples in practice. Small misunderstandings can lead to confusion, but this also is instructive, particularly if you take the time to follow the discussions to see how the misunderstandings are overcome, and usually they are overcome.

Trying to understand the questions, including the poorly expressed questions, will help you learn how to ask your own questions more effectively, and this also will help you get the help you need.


In reply to Re^2: Small Perl quests for a beginner? by ig
in thread Small Perl quests for a beginner? by matze77

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