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One that I don't recommend is Hackers and Painters. I found it pretty dissapointing. The articles were not well written and all had a pretty shallow point that could have been covered in a page or two. Many of them seemed very self-serving too, with an overtone of "I got rich with my company, so that proves I'm right." Graham has established himself as a LISP expert, but I don't think his musings on things outside of that domain are worth your time.

I know this books is something of a sacred cow in the Perl community, because he tells us things we want to hear, like we're smart and Java programmers are idiots. Nevertheless, I think some of the Java programmers have more to teach you than this book does.

There is an amusing critique of the title essay in the book here.


In reply to Re: Which non-Perl books made you a better (?:Perl )?Programmer? by perrin
in thread Which non-Perl books made you a better (?:Perl )?Programmer? by brian_d_foy

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