Perl.com: Turning the Tide on Perl's Attitude Toward BeginnersJun 02, 2001, 16:00 (13 Talkback[s])
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This column maintains that the culture surrounding Perl has been brutal where newbies are concerned. There are broader lessons to be found here: "It has been the general opinion of the open-source community that, if you can't find the answers yourself, you're lost. Read the documentation, if there is no documentation, read the source. If there is no source, you've stepped out of the world as we know it. If you're a greenhorn and you can't figure it out from the docs or the source, goodbye. And not just goodbye, but a plague on your house as well."
"The Perl community has held tight to a "zero tolerance" policy for beginners. The transition to a more accepting, responsible community has begun. The past is behind us and the future looks brighter.
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