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Re: New Book: Exploring Programming Language Architecture in Perl

by merlyn (Sage)
on Nov 30, 2009 at 16:59 UTC ( #810231=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to New Book: Exploring Programming Language Architecture in Perl

I skimmed this book over the weekend (thank you for the PDF download). There's an incredible amount of work in this book, and I appreciate that.

However, having said that, I suffer when I read this book in the same way I suffer when I read MJD's "Higher Order Programming". They both seem to require a bit more computer science background than I have (or have patience for). I'm a street-trained programmer, and have never set foot in a CS classroom.

In other words, my head hurt while reading this book, but that's not your fault. :)

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Comment on Re: New Book: Exploring Programming Language Architecture in Perl
Re^2: New Book: Exploring Programming Language Architecture in Perl
by billh (Pilgrim) on Dec 01, 2009 at 00:04 UTC

    Aww come on, I admit that it's not a book to skim, but by the end of chapter 5 you understand one of the crown jewels of CS: the kernel of scheme. It's like a perfect piece of clockwork (not my sloppy implementation, I mean the core idea.) It's a kind of transcendental experience to hold in your head the internals of a complete programming language, and only Scheme is simple enough to do that with. That has to be worth a little extra effort? :-)

    Bill H
    perl -e 'print sub { "Hello @{[shift->()]}!\n" }->(sub{"World"})'

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