I personally find PBP and Perl::Critic invaluable as a learning tool. Now I don't follow each and every recommendation to the letter, it has helped me learn better programming practices, as I still have a long way to go before I'll be able to consider myself any kind of programmer. I tend to use q() and qq() alot in my code and perlcritic --brutal always seems to complain about it but I find it quicker than using \" or \' to me that makes my code harder to read and I'll tend to forget one somewhere and even with the syntax highlighting takes me sometimes forever to find it. There are a few other things I have found not applicable to the situation, such as it's insistence on using version control systems etc. I do my own work, it's 95% Web work, and i don't see the need to set up a subversion server just to keep track of a couple of scripts and a module or two. On the other hand though, I would say about 85% of the things I've learned from PBP have helped me as a beginner programmer immensely and would recommend it to anyone looking to learn Perl.
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