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Re: Rethinking some perldocs (Re: Revising Perl's OO docs - a new OO tutorial)

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Tom Christiansen
March 4, 2011 10:14
Re: Rethinking some perldocs (Re: Revising Perl's OO docs - a new OO tutorial)
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>> I must admit that I have never used this perldoc thing.
>> Ever.  Truly.

> I think you're in a minority there - very few people look for the 
> documentation for perl functions by loading "man perlfunc" and searching 
> through, most do "perldoc -f <function>". And when helping people out on 
> IRC or mailing lists I never load up each perlfaq file and grep through 
> - perldoc -q is MUCH more efficient.

What in the world would I type 10 characters instead of 3???

I had no idea what those do, since I don't use the program.  

Let's see...

As for the FAQ, um well, I don't have a great deal of cause 
to consult it. :)

Just kidding.  Actually, I would always rather run my own searches.

> I'm actually surprised you've never used either of those features.

> It's also very useful (vital even) on Windows (except Cygwin) where 
> there is no "man".

Considering there's no "tchrist" there, either, it's immaterial to me.
I have negative reason to recreate a perfectly functioning wheel. :)

That said, a very long time ago I wrote a spec, and a program,
that did a lot of neat stuff with perl documentation.  Because I
couldn't find a Prisoner of Bill to make sure it ran there for me, 
it died.


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