On Mon, 3 Jul 2006, Josef 'Jupp' SCHUGT wrote:

> Hi!
>
> At Mon, 3 Jul 2006 01:29:40 +0900, Dave Burt wrote:
>> http://dave.burt.id.au/ruby/fixed_width_ints.rb
>> http://dave.burt.id.au/ruby/weak_hash.rb
>
> The problem that the former URL is wrong turned my attention to the
> question wether to post URLs that points to the Ruby code that one
> assumes to be a solution to the Ruby Quiz or to post the suggested
> code.
>
> My opinion is that one should post the code.
>
> - Posting the code is less error-prone simply because fewer sources
>   of error are involved. No web server and browser is needed and in
>   most cases mail user agents are superior to web servers and
>   browsers as far as translation of one system's encoding to another
>   one's is concerned. Solutions to the Ruby Quiz don't tend to be
>   longer than ordinary e-mails so size is no reason not to use
>   e-mail.
>
> - To my understanding, the reason of providing code is not primarily
>   being listed as one of the people who contributed a solution. It is
>   rather allowing others to comment on the code, point out mistakes,
>   provide stylistic improvements, or even discuss if the solution
>   actually fits the specification. This process is simplified by
>   including the code in the mail so that it can easily be quoted.
>
> - Several mail user agents provide no easy way to open a URL. This
>   usually means that one needs to copy it, perhaps start a Web
>   browser, and then direct that browser to the given URL. The obvious
>   question one may raise: Is that code acutally worth the effort? Theq
>   likeliest answer is "No. If that guy were sure that he has written
>   fantastic code, wouldn't he be proud and show it to everyone in the
>   most direct manner? Next mail, please."

   - when all the code exists inline in the message one can search for it using
     google or gmane.  this, to me, is by far the biggest advantage.

cheers.

-a
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