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I have spent some time trying to learn Perl. While I find that I recognize and can recreate code with much of the syntax, (it's operators and most commonly used functions) I still am missing a small essential skill that would help me move forward: Learning how to actually program.

At first this wasn't so clear. I thought "Learn Perl" or even "Learn another language (at least through a few tutorials) to better understand Perl through comparison." Copying examples and running them etc. have been good but if asked to create a defined project from scratch I would be lost.

I took a look at some programming books from a list on StackOverflow to get ideas on something that will help fill the gap. It's a pretty big list and they all seem great but I honestly just want to pick up a book that will help get me unstuck sooner rather than later.

I reviewed a number of the books on the mentioned list and am considering purchasing one of the following:

  • Art of UNIX Programming
  • Code Complete
  • Pragmatic Programmer
  • Programming Pearls
If anyone has read some of these books I would greatly appreciate any feedback you may have.

Thank you


In reply to What book would be valuable to someone self-taught? by Anonymous Monk

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