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Re: "$| = 1" ???
From: Uri Guttman
September 10, 2009 09:20
Re: "$| = 1" ???
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>>>>> "BRH" == Bryan R Harris <Bryan_R_Harris@raytheon.com> writes:
BRH> Curiously the most helpful people on this list seem to think the
BRH> perldoc system is great, but I've always found it to be rather
BRH> hard to use. If I need to figure out what "$." means, how do I
BRH> even start? I can't type "perldoc '$.'" (well, I can, but it
BRH> doesn't find anything). How would I ever know that "perlvar" is
BRH> the place to go without asking?
that is a listing of all the perl docs and what they cover. perlvar is
also you can google for most perl things and perldocs show
up. perldoc.perl.org also has a search engine. or you can grep the
perldocs in the directory where they are installed. there are many ways
to find out which doc covers a topic or term.
BRH> Everybody gets pointed back to the perldoc system, and yet when they have
BRH> more questions, they often still have to come back here to even start.
and i gave a start, the correct document to read. that is the whole
point - give a fish vs. teach how to fish. as i keep telling people,
learning how to search and use the perldocs IS a skill in its own right
and must be learned. newbies will never learn it unless coerced into
doing so. so direct answers to easy questions that the docs and FAQs
cover should be answered by pointing to the docs. this has been debated
for years and the docs always win out. after reading the docs, then
coming here (or elsewhere) for clarification or more help is fine.
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