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Perl 5 Pocket Reference By O'Reilly

by BigJoe (Curate)
on Jul 07, 2000 at 06:52 UTC ( #21397=bookreview: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??
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The Perl 5 Pocket Reference is very short gives a very very quick look at the each built in command of Perl 5 and it's magic variables. It also goes over some of the modules that come with PERL 5 as a standard.

Pros :

  • This book gives little descriptions of the commands.
  • Very easy to look up commands.
  • Very organized.

Cons :
  • It doesn't show the syntax of many of the commands.

This book is for mid-level PERL programmers and up. It is a very good addition to the Perl Cookbook.(I carry the reference book inside my cookbook)

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Re: Perl 5 Pocket Reference By O'Reilly
by sweetblood (Parson) on Aug 08, 2003 at 01:22 UTC
    I never like to disagree with a guy named BigJoe but, I find I get very little use out of the "Pocket Reference" There is just not enough to make it a useful part of my library, although it already is. BigJoe you're right when you say that it is for the mid-level perl programmer, but I think by the time a programmer has matured enough to get some use out of it , he's already out-grown it. If your going to carry your Perl Cookbook then you may as well leave the Pocket reference out.
      Very true. I seem to "lose" my copy of the Cookbook to other developers, if you know what I mean. But I no longer carry the paper book around because I have it on the Perl Bookshelf CD :)


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Re: Perl 5 Pocket Reference By O'Reilly
by Anonymous Monk on Aug 08, 2003 at 18:00 UTC
    That's Perl, not PERL.
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