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in reply to Hacking Perl (I think)

Reading perlguts, PerlGuts Illustrated, perlxstut and perlxs might help. The Porting directory in the perl source also contains a lot useful info.

However, there's a lot of source code with much magic hidden within. I'd suggest a more focussed approach, such as picking a TODO from perltodo and work towards DOing it.

The p5p mailing list (subscribe or archive) and #p5p on irc.perl.org could be sources of assistance, as well as here.

At some point, you will have to learn how to use git. There's a free book, or a more perl oriented cheat sheet in perlgit.

Update:

Another avenue you might like to try, is looking at perl5's bug-tracker (it's much easier to use if you log in first) and see if there are any bugs you can try to fix.

Update^2: Corrected address of #p5p (thanks moritz!)

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Re^2: Hacking Perl (I think)
by jdporter (Canon) on Aug 26, 2011 at 22:50 UTC

    And I would point out that, from a practical standpoint, learning git will be far more beneficial than learning the guts of Perl 5.

Re^2: Hacking Perl (I think)
by Anonymous Monk on Aug 25, 2011 at 14:41 UTC
    Perfect! Thanks Funky Monk! Also, if anyone knows of a good Git tutorial online (besides perlgit) that would be great!