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From: Bart Lateur <bart.lat...@skynet.be>
Date: Wed, 06 Sep 2000 15:29:50 GMT
Local: Wed, Sep 6 2000 11:29 am
Subject: Re: The XY problem (was Re: CGI.pm: controlling Back & Reload)
Randal L. Schwartz wrote:Too bad that the actual, more general problem, X, is usually not
>Alan> This looks to me to be another case of "premature closure": the
>Alan> questioner wanted to solve some not very clearly stated X, they
>Alan> concluded that Y and Z were components of a solution, and now they're
>Alan> asking how to implement Y and Z.
>On IRC chatting (EFnet #perl, to be precise), we call this an "XY
>problem" for shorthand.
>It's important for me as a person who's been on the listening end of
>questions for many years, and who has to listen professionally (and
>most of the time answer professionally) to realize that all problems
>are pieces of solutions to larger problems.
considered an appropriate topic for this newsgroup. Y has more of a
chance to look like a Perl problem.
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