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Raymond Wan
September 7, 2009 17:36
Re: Perl projects for beginners
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Hi Fudmer,

I didn't think my comments would have piqued your interest so much.  :-) 
  Well, we're off-topic from Perl, but let me add just the following:

fudmer rieley wrote:
> The need is for a problem book with real explained answers [producing
> such a problem book  would be a massive undertaking]. Such a
> questions and answers server project would advance programming, and
> it would probably extend the need for books of all types of computer
> knowledge. the idea would  advance programmer knowledge base. Each

I somewhat wrote my comments with one particular book in mind:

Though I'm sure there are many others out there.  I think you can browse 
the pages on Amazon.

There are of course two other questions.  How would such a book differ 
from (say) the Perl Cookbook?  And how can such a book work with 
something like the ACM Programming Contest?

> Teaching like this needs to become open source and be available for
> no charge and it needs to be created by those who are still learning.
> The knowledge involved in Instructional design is a Phd in and of its
> self.

I have to admit that I'm in support of open source, but I think there 
are limits to it.  An excellent (IMHO) example is Wikipedia.  It's open 
and I do use it often; but there are certain topics which I would not 
rely on.  The quality control is good in some cases but very poor in others.

Likewise, a resource that is as open as you say is no different from 
(say) a blog by Perl experts.  In other words, what is the difference 
between an O'Reilly book on Perl and a blog by the same authors?  The 
people who wrote it are the same, but the publisher adds quality 
checking, support for authors in standardizing, etc.  Also, I think an 
author would put more care into something that is going "in print" [on 
paper or on-line] than something that is going into a blog.

As the saying goes, "You get what you pay for...".


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