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RE: The sad state of Perl documentation

by dmmiller2k (Chaplain)
on Sep 14, 2000 at 17:49 UTC ( #32457=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to The sad state of Perl documentation

> Perl does have good documentation provided by O'Reilly in the form the
> llama and camel books.
Perhaps you've noticed, perhaps not. The Camel book is essentially a printed version of the perlfunc perldoc/manpage. Which means in particular that the exec function is just as obscurely documented for 26.80 as for the free machine readable version.

As to the state of the documentation, you should be aware that the evolution of perl over the past two or three years (since 5.003) has been in great leaps and bounds, with the number of modules in the CPAN more or less keeping pace. The amount of documentation is awe inspiring, if some of the individual examples of it perhaps are not.

Now that 5.6 is out, give the documentation a year or so to catch up.

In the meantime, sites like this one can fill the gap, at least in terms of pointing out which of the hundreds of "things" to read might be helpful apropos of a particular problem.


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RE: RE: The sad state of Perl documentation
by merlyn (Sage) on Sep 14, 2000 at 18:39 UTC
    Camel 3 has been updated to document the non-existent (yet) 5.6.1. Llama 2 is independant of the underlying Perl version, since I'm just showing the basics parts of Perl, which change far less from release to release. {grin}

    Llama 3 will show a few new additions like our, but nearly all the examples and exercises would have been just as home on 5.4 from two or three years ago.

    -- Randal L. Schwartz, Perl hacker

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