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From:
Horsley Tom
Date:
May 25, 2000 12:33
Subject:
RE: Thoughts on maintaining perl
Message ID:
2073F4E25299D311BC6200805F0D910740B6B0@exchange.ccur.com
> "stop you in your tracks"??  why not read the manual when
> you find an "idiom you aren't familir with" and figure it
> out?  i'm barely an intermediate-level programmer and i've
> had no trouble figuring out any (non-obfuscated) Perl code.

That's the definition of "stopped in my tracks" :-).
I was going along filling my brain with all the information
I needed to form a hypothesis about what the bug is.
Suddenly I have to stop and learn new language
constructs, then I have to try and pop the stack
back to debugging and wonder how much valuable insight
I forgot while I was off learning a new perl idiom.

Its like reading one of those technical papers where
the authors got tired of good old greek letters and
decided to dredge up some kind of ancient germanic
runes to use as symbols for something they are defining.
My brain just goes Klang! and comes to a screeching
halt since I don't know what to call this silly looking
collection of ink on the page :-).

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