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Re: Is Programming Perl still relevant as a reference book?

by monarch (Priest)
on Mar 02, 2007 at 18:47 UTC ( #602931=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Is Programming Perl still relevant as a reference book?

As I'm getting older I'm starting to realise there are some texts out there that are still very relevant, even if they are years old. Would the original K&R book be of value to me as a C programmer after 15 years? Definately.

The Camel Book is a great read; I thoroughly recommend it and have found myself turning to it time and time again in the last 5-6 years. There are some interesting chapters to browse through from time to time, such as optimised methods of coding for speed, terseness, maintainability, etc.

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Re^2: Is Programming Perl still relevant as a reference book?
by vrk (Chaplain) on Mar 02, 2007 at 19:19 UTC

    I can attest that K&R is still relevant and it is an excellent book; I have a hardcopy. However, the case is different: C is standardized, Perl is not. The C language, save unofficial vendor extensions, remained the same for a good ten years or so (from C89 to C99). No new keywords, same semantics. Even the standard library stayed the same. Also, most common C compilers still fail to support the full C99 standard, which means most C code is still C89. Reading perl58\d?delta, as linked by ysth, indicates that Perl has indeed changed in seven years.

    print "Just Another Perl Adept\n";

      Yes, perl has changed. Nigh-on all those changes have been *additions*, not deletions or changes in old functionality. Therefore the Camel book is still relevant.

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