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New Perl 6 book -- Yes, Perl 6

by jacques (Priest)
on May 21, 2003 at 17:30 UTC ( #259812=perlnews: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

ORA's coming out with a Perl 6 book called Perl 6 Essentials. Here's the link:

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Re: New Perl 6 book -- Yes, Perl 6
by Elian (Parson) on May 22, 2003 at 16:34 UTC
    A good-sized chunk of the book covers Parrot, both its architecture and its assembly language. (Along with a bunch on IMCC) Even if you don't care about perl 6, it's worth at least a look-through for the parrot bits. (Standard disclaimer--I wrote one of the parrot chapters)
      Is there a ORA Parrot book in the future? (Gee, I wonder what will be on the cover?). Hopefully, there will be a mod_parrot book one day. Why a book now? Is ORA paying you all well, so you can devote more time to development? I also hear there will be more articles in Linux Mag forthcoming. Is all the publication a way for the developers to get much needed funds?
        There's probably a Parrot book in the future, though that's not certain. (Cool though it might be, there's a limit to the size of the market for internals-level books for most any product) Whether there'll be a mod_parrot book depends on both the existence of a production mod_parrot and demand for a mod_parrot book. Personally I hope so, but we'll see.

        Ora's paying Allison, Leo, and I standard royalties (with 20% of the author royalties going to The Perl Foundation, and O'Reilly's matching that) so if past book history in general is any indication, we'll end up getting billed rather than get cash. There's the ineffable sex appeal of being a geek book author to balance that, though. :)

        There is, or rather was, a set of articles in Linux Magazine. (And thanks for reminding me--I need to check and see if they paid) The April issue had a Parrot article I wrote and a Perl 6 article that Damian wrote in it.

Re: New Perl 6 book -- Yes, Perl 6
by arthas (Hermit) on May 22, 2003 at 11:41 UTC
    Hmm, they're a bit early for Perl 6... ok, it's anyway a good book to learn how the new version will be.

    I like the new animal, it's aggressive enough. ;-)

Re: New Perl 6 book -- Yes, Perl 6
by Juerd (Abbot) on May 21, 2003 at 18:37 UTC
      Well, this book isn't a joke. Its real. <Takeshi Kaga>If my memory serves me correctly,</Takeshi Kaga> its supposed to be out by OSCON.

        ++jryan for quoting Chairman Kaga.

        Yomigaeru Aiyan Sheffu!

Re: New Perl 6 book -- Yes, Perl 6
by Trimbach (Curate) on May 22, 2003 at 16:00 UTC
    Seems to me the yak(?) is a riff off of the Perl Cookbook's Ram

    The first Perl 6 book... I guess someone had to do it. I don't envy the authors, though, seeing how all the Apocalypsi aren't even written yet.

    Gary Blackburn
    Trained Killer

Re: New Perl 6 book -- Yes, Perl 6
by crenz (Priest) on May 21, 2003 at 22:49 UTC

    So this is supposed to be Perl's new mascot? Ugh. :(

    This will probably be the most difficult aspect of Perl 6 for people to come to terms with -- no more camel... :)

      The camel is used on the cover for Programming Perl only. Each O'Reilly title uses a different animal.

      That they decided to go with a big-headed, horned, hairy beast with its tail between its legs (that's trying to moon us or be sexy) is either a stroke of genius, sublime wit, or temporary insanity :)

      I'll wait until the colophon comes out before trying to figure that one out.

        The camel is used on the cover for Programming Perl only.

        Yes, but Learning Perl uses the Llama (and the Alpaca for Randal's new book), so at least it stays "in the family" :).

        The camel is used on the cover for Programming Perl only. Each O'Reilly title uses a different animal.

        I think everyone knows that. The idea that ORA would use a Camel for every title is amusing, though.

        Since you asked, this is from the colophon :)

        The animal on the cover of Perl 6 Essentials is an aoudad (ammotragus lervia). Commonly known as Barbary sheep, aoudads originated in the arid mountainous regions of northern Africa and have stout, sturdy bodies, standing 75-100 centimeters at the shoulder and weighing from 30-145 kilograms. The aoudad has a bristly reddish-brown coat and is distinguished by a heavy, fringed mane covering its chest and legs. Both males and females have thick, triangular-shaped horns that curve back in a semicircle. A male aoudad's horns can grow up to 85 centimeters.

        Aoudads are herbivores and are most active at dawn and dusk, avoiding the desert heat of midday. They will drink water if it is available, but can obtain sufficient moisture from dew and vegetation. Aoudads are incredible jumpers, able to clear 6 feet from a standstill. So well suited are they to their surroundings that newborns have the ability to navigate rocky slopes within just hours after birth.

        Despite being endangered in their native environment, aoudads are flourishing in the United States. Introduced to western Texas and southern New Mexico in the 1940s, aoudads are now so populous that it is feared that their presence may threaten the native desert bighorn sheep. Aoudads are considered native game in the desert mountains of their adopted home, where the rugged landscape is dotted with ranches catering to recreational hunters.


      Ugh indeed. I think we should either stick with the camel (even if it's O'Reillys) or have the community come up with a new/official mascot of perl6 (parrot's great, but parrot's not perl6 -- a parrot riding on a camel? ;D).

      MJD says you can't just make shit up and expect the computer to know what you mean, retardo!
      I run a Win32 PPM repository for perl 5.6x+5.8x. I take requests.
      ** The Third rule of perl club is a statement of fact: pod is sexy.

        a parrot riding on a camel?

        Yes, and the camel has six humps. ;-)

        a parrot riding on a camel?

        How about a very attractive Arabian woman with a parrot on her shoulder, sitting atop a smiling camel? That sounds like such a great image. It would make a great tshirt. Certainly a lot better than a steaming cup of coffee or a snake.

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