Yes, it will tell you the basics
of the language and by basics
I mean the fundamental elements and principles. But it is hardly a book that will teach
you the language.
I know because that is the way I learned Perl and it was not an easy voyage. It is a bit like learning to speak a language with only a dictionary and a grammar book. It will tell you everything you need to know, but it will be quite a long time before you dare to go out and chat up a girl. :)
A program should be light and agile, its subroutines connected like a string of pearls. The spirit and intent of the program should be retained throughout. There should be neither too little or too much, neither needless loops nor useless variables, neither lack of structure nor overwhelming rigidity." - The Tao of Programming, 4.1 - Geoffrey James
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