I voted for Programming Perl
(I've got the 2d edition), despite its information being largely replicated in the man pages. Since I program mostly for Windows, I needed to install Perl before I had access to the man pages; Programming Perl
gave me enough useful information to convince me to do that and enough information to get started. I also currently own Learning Perl
, which I found to be too basic, Mastering Perl/Tk
, which is specialized (and, in my opinion, it could be better organized), and Perl Cookbook
, which is handy when I want to
steal some code
get inspired to find a solution to a specific problem. I still find the camel book to be useful, in that it's frequently easier for me to use a book than online man pages (especially with my randomly-prone-to-demonstrate-why-I-hate-Windows workplace desktop).
"Being forced to write comments actually improves code, because it is easier to fix a crock than to explain it. "—G. Steele
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