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Re: Nature of this list
April 21, 2011 09:25
Re: Nature of this list
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>>>>> "Rob" == Rob Dixon <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
Rob> As I mentioned in a previous post, you have softened recently. So
Rob> it is likely that your life has improved and you are better
Rob> provided for, and no longer have the need to abuse. I am very happy
Rob> for you, and for the rest of the world who would read this list.
To discredit this post, as well as your other claims, I'm actually going
through the worst period in my life, exceeding my criminal arrest and
conviction in 1995, which I had hoped would be the "forever lowest
times". These past 18 months put that as a mere bump. If you've
followed my blogs and tweets, you'd know the main details.
Please leave your armchair psychology at home.
You may not like that I don't pull punches with others, probably because
you're unwilling to be that direct. You'd rather be liked than to have
an effect on others. I'm not that. I don't care if people like me, if
what I do will eventually change behavior for others. I'm about the
world, not about me. I want to leave this world a better place.
People come online to learn Perl. If they write code that sucks, that's
not the way Perl should be coded. I'll let them know straight out.
There's too much bad Perl being coded out there. I know... clients hire
me to sort through the muck, and pay me a decent wage to do that. So if
anything, I'm being counterproductive, because my goal is that I become
no longer needed. :)
If someone comes here looking for a compliment for bad code simply
because they've made an attempt, they're confused about what it takes to
become a programmer.
In classroom labs, I use a much more Socratic method, because I have the
privilege of multiple interactions. When asked a question, I generally
respond with "well, how is that part of it going to work?" or "what did
I say about X yesterday?", and get to repeat that until the correct
observation is mad. But that requires far more interaction than a
mailing list can provide. I generally only get one shot here to fix the
problem, so I go straight for the fix. And *that's* how I'm different in
a live situation, and get hired and rehired to teach.
Randal L. Schwartz - Stonehenge Consulting Services, Inc. - +1 503 777 0095
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