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Re: Best Perl Books of All Time

by adrianh (Chancellor)
on Apr 15, 2006 at 17:41 UTC ( #543563=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Best Perl Books of All Time

Best Perl Book for Beginners ... Learning Perl,

Hmm... depends on what you're calling "beginner" I guess :-) For people who already know another language I'd recommend the Camel over Learning Perl - which seems aimed more at people new to programming

Personally, when teaching newbies, I don't find Learning Perl that useful. Don't get me wrong it's a nice book, but I don't find that the order and emphasis of topics match the way I teach (e.g. I introduce OO and references quite early.)

Unfortunately I've not come across anything else I like either - so maybe it does still count as best...

Best Perl Book for General Reading ... Perl Best Practices

I'd probably nominate Peter Scott's excellent Perl Medic. A darn fine combination of decent prose and good advice. I'll save PBP for later...

The Perl Book I Want Everyone to Read ... Perl Testing: a Developer's Notebook

This is the category I'd vote Perl Best Practices in under. It would make my life a lot easier if everybody followed the practices in this book. Even the ones I disagree with!

Now - you know I'm a testing junkie and, like you, testing has radically improved the quality of the software I help develop. However while PTDN is a nice introduction to testing with Perl, and I bought copies for work, I don't think that its the sort of book to turn people on to testing who aren't already test infected. It demonstrates how to test - but not why testing can be so good.

So PTDN would fall into the category of "Perl book I would want people to want to read" :-)

Most Fun Perl Book

Higher Order Perl.

(It is entirely possible that I have a different definition of fun from other people.)

Although one of the main effects of my reading it was making me go reinstall Lisp on my powerbook - which may have not been its authors intent :-)

Best Perl Book of All Time

For me it'll be the Camel book. Bought three editions so far. I originally learned Perl 4 from the old pink edition, and all the others have been useful in getting an overview of everything in the language.


Comment on Re: Best Perl Books of All Time
Re^2: Best Perl Books of All Time
by chromatic (Archbishop) on Apr 15, 2006 at 17:58 UTC
    So PTDN would fall into the category of "Perl book I would want people to want to read"

    That's a good category, but I classify it as "Perl book I want people to buy."

      That's a good category, but I classify it as "Perl book I want people to buy."

      I wonder why :-)

Re^2: Best Perl Books of All Time
by Anonymous Monk on Apr 15, 2006 at 21:52 UTC
    Personally, when teaching newbies, I don't find Learning Perl that useful. Don't get me wrong it's a nice book, but I don't find that the order and emphasis of topics match the way I teach (e.g. I introduce OO and references quite early.)

    I think Elements of Programming with Perl provides both more breadth and more depth than the Llama. Though I don't like everything about the book, it is the best beginner's book out there.

      The Learning Perl book is useful for some people. However, I have found that others respond well to simon cozens Beginning Perl ISBN 1861003145

        Thanks for the recommendations. I'll give 'em a look next time I get to teach newbie coders Perl.

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