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How Many Perl Books do you Own?

by vroom (Pope)
on Apr 12, 2000 at 21:57 UTC ( #7408=poll: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

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only perldoc for me
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Comment on How Many Perl Books do you Own?
RE: How Many Perl Books do you Own?
by turnstep (Parson) on Apr 12, 2000 at 22:17 UTC

    (Do different versions of the same book count? I have a couple of "Programming Perl"s, for example.)

    Does anyone have any good, non-O'Reilly perl books?

      Object Oriented Perl is excellent. (I do have it. :) Expect a Slashdot review very soon, as I have been writing it the past few days. (E-mail Hemos and ask him to run more chromatic book reviews.)

      Anything about Perl that comes from Manning Press is on my Must Read list now, after Elements of Programming with Perl.

      I don't know how to answer the poll question, though. Does Programming Web Graphics with Perl and GNU Software count? Programming the Perl DBI certainly does, but what about Mastering Algorithms with Perl or even Practical Internet Groupware? I'm over 8 anyway. Good thing this isn't a "How many O'Reilly books did you purchase or obtain in the past year?" question.

      I sleep with the Perl Core Language, Little Black Book published by Coriolis under my pillow ;-) - I use it nearly every day, a very good reference book.
      I started with Learn Perl for Win32 in 21 Days from Sam's Publishing. (It was a copy from work.) I found it easy to learn from as a newbie and it's great for quick reference.
      Elements of Programming in Perl by Andrew Johnson. Excellent into to programming and Perl. Good for experienced perl programmers as well.
RE: How Many Perl Books do you Own?
by kryten (Scribe) on Apr 13, 2000 at 02:06 UTC
    I don't actually own any of the 'proper' Perl books, but I would not be without my Perl Quick Reference Guide.
    I don't leave home without it.
RE: How Many Perl Books do you Own? (kudra: how many O'Reilly books?)
by kudra (Vicar) on Apr 13, 2000 at 13:10 UTC
    I went ahead and counted both my copies of Programming Perl, even though the old edition just serves as part of the 'wall o' books' bookend. How many O'Reilly books would be a really terrifying question...There was a day last month when I went on a binge and bought 12 (had to celebrate getting a new job :).
RE: How Many Perl Books do you Own?
by perlcgi (Hermit) on Apr 13, 2000 at 21:22 UTC
    My current fav is Joseph Hall's Effective Perl Programming: Writing Better Programs With Perl. Its layed out FAQ-like, with 60 bite size items of perl advice. A great bed-time read.
RE: How Many Perl Books do you Own?
by Anonymous Monk on Apr 14, 2000 at 02:46 UTC
    Books? Who needs books? I hold an entire perl reference manual in my mind! I am the perl ubermeister!
RE: How Many Perl Books do you Own?
by barndoor (Pilgrim) on Apr 14, 2000 at 17:15 UTC
    I've just spent 8 hours on a plane reading 'Programming the Perl DBI'. (Calgary airport bookshop had nothing of interest and I ALWAYS carry a good Perl book for contingency). An excellent book if you want to get your scripts to really annoy your DBA...
      Thats the saddest thing I've ever heard :-)
        negative...8 hours in the bathroom is worse.
      Of course I spend all the time programming in Perl whilst skiing.... (as if)!!!
RE: How Many Perl Books do you Own?
by stephen (Priest) on Apr 15, 2000 at 00:06 UTC

    In my occasional uncharitable moods, I wonder if, instead of answering newbie questions, we should instead send them off to read a recommended Perl book, and only when they pass a quiz on basic Perl questions can they ask new ones. Then I take a deep breath, plaster a smile over my face, and take a walk around the building, and the feeling goes away.

    stephen

RE: How Many Perl Books do you Own?
by Anonymous Monk on Apr 17, 2000 at 00:32 UTC
    Does the Perl CD Bookshelf count as one book or 6. It consists of Perl in a Nutshell plus the full text of 6 O'Reilly books on CD
      One. You can't browse a CD in the bathroom, on a plane about to take off, etc. Yes, you can throw the CD in a laptop, but a book is still more portable (and the flight attendant won't yell at you for opening a book) :)
        I would seem to have to agree. CD books really aren't that good of a reference.

        Yet copy and paste is a nice feature, beats the hell out of read and type. Also you can get this for a lot cheaper than buying the books.

        LeGo

        I would seem to have to agree. CD books really aren't that good of a reference.

        Yet copy and paste is a nice feature, beats the hell out of read and type. Also you can get this for a lot cheaper than buying the books.

        LeGo

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