Introduction to Perl for non-programming Mac folk
c.jones at ucl.ac.uk
Tue Dec 23 12:43:18 GMT 2008
On 23 Dec 2008, at 12:25, Paul Makepeace wrote:
> On Tue, Dec 23, 2008 at 12:16 PM, Peter Corlett <abuse at cabal.org.uk>
>> On Mon, Dec 22, 2008 at 01:32:20PM +0000, Andy Wardley wrote:
>>> * Knowing where to look for documentation and how to read it.
>>> Anything I've missed?
>> A big lump of clue-by-four to reiterate that last point, applied
>> until it registers, or until they stop pestering you to give the
>> answers on
>> a plate.
> "Spoonfeeding" people at the beginning is a very powerful teaching
> technique, primarily as it builds confidence and familiarity. The
> volume of
> information required at the beginning of learning a subject can be
> overwhelming, and oral transmission of that knowledge is for many
> orders of magnitude more effective than reading docs.
> Besides, getting the response "RTFM!" is a total turn-off, even for a
> seasoned pro.
And more to the point, "RTFM" is just plain rude.
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