My interview with Damian Conway for The Perl Review speaks to a lot of these concerns. One of my favorite answers is to my question where I ask him if best practices for an individual can change as they get more experience. You'll have to read the interview to see what he says. :)
Besides that, I think people must skip the preface and introduction. Damian lays out the mindset he thinks developers should be in to use his best practices and make sense of their coding.
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