Stackoverflow.com and Perl
Slipping in at number 10 with such other celebrated Perl names if indeed an honour. *blush*
Of course none of this will mean a jot if you’ve never heard of Stackoverflow.com!
Its very similar in vein to Perlmonks except its for all programming languages and not just Perl and its also Q&A only. So no mediations, epiphanies or wandering off topic ;-)
You will need an OpenID account to start but once past that you will find the site easy to use. Just start asking or answering questions. You get up or down voted depending on the quality of your question/answer.
I do feel the site is more approachable than Perlmonks especially for beginners. Its also a good place to start when looking for a clear answer to a specific question.
So what’s in it for me?
Well you can just view it as a game or challenge. Perhaps even treat it as a ladder to Rock and Roll stardom! Certainly nothing wrong with bit of ego inflating now and then ;-)
Or you can view it as a philanthropic pursuit by spreading things you learnt with others.
However the thing I get most from it all is that I’m continuing to learn new things. And in most cases its from my own answers! You can really enhance your Perl foo and improve your Perl memory muscles when trying to answer a question.
Disclaimer: It can get addictive. If you have a procrastinating nature then please avoid during the working day ;-)
So what’s in it for all of us?
Stackoverflow continues to grow. More and more programmers are getting sucked into it. Some of these are beginners or language toe dippers so the presence of good Perl questions & answers may benefit the Perl community in many different ways.
Here’s a good place to start: Perl tagged questions.