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From:
Dan Sugalski
Date:
November 30, 2000 11:11
Subject:
Perl apprenticing (was Re: Backtracking through the source)
Message ID:
5.0.1.4.0.20001130140605.01e38500@24.8.96.48
At 01:23 PM 11/30/00 -0500, Buddha Buck wrote:
>At 11:47 AM 11-30-2000 -0500, Bryan C. Warnock wrote:
>>I forget who proposed it originally, but I thought it an excellent 
>>analogy, and
>>an excellent model for Perl development.  Like any tradecraft, there are
>>masters, apprentices, and the common consumer.  The apprentice shouldn't
>>master, just as the common consumer shouldn't apprentice.  Unfortunately, 
>>right
>>now it's "choose your own category."  I'll elect to choose low.  I'm an "Perl
>>apprentice wanna-be", in search of an opportunity to prove that I am 
>>apprentice
>>material.  (I think too many PAWBs are looking for opportunities to prove 
>>that
>>they are master material.  I'm not about to shoot myself in the foot that 
>>way.
>>At least on purpose.  Slap me around if I get too obnoxious.)
>
>Here here!  Is there a place where PAWB's can sign up?

Not at the moment, at least not formally. Want to set something up? (And 
yes, I'm serious. A good master/apprentice thing would help a lot of folks, 
I think)

>I'm signed up for the -internals lists mainly as an educational 
>experience.  It should be fascinating to see how a system as complex as 
>Perl 6 gets developed, even if I'm unable, through lack of skill, to 
>directly contribute.  My hope is that if I'm not able to contribute to 
>Perl 6, then I should have learned enough to be able to contribute to Perl 
>6.1 (or Perl 7, whichever is next).

Do be careful of selling yourself short. While you might not necessarily 
have the appropriate skill set to deal with parts of the perl core, that 
doesn't mean you can't contribute. (This is the generic rather than 
specific 'you' here) A good working knowledge of, say, the properties of 
complex numbers is as important as knowledge of the guts when building the 
complex number class.

Or, to use the building analogy, you don't need to be an architect to say 
"shouldn't the bathroom have a door in it?" :)

					Dan

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