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I loved the 1st edition of this book and couldn't wait to see this one when I fisrt saw that the authors, Joseph Hall, Joshua McAdams and Brian Foy were producing this 2nd edition. It was billed as a significant update with lots of new material and it is, in my opinion, exacly that.

This 2nd edition has a much more readable style (fonts, printing,etc, as well as style). The examples are, it seems to me, much improved and easier to both understand and digest.

The chapters on Unicode and on CPAN were especially interesting to me. But topics such as the chapter on Regular Expressions were all greatly improved. I especially like the chapter on Regular Expressions since it is a topic that has always been frustratingly opaque and obtuse to me...yet so often I have to try to use Regexs in my coding. This book's coverage of regexs is not extensive (it is not, of course, meant to be a tutorial on any of the topics); but the authors somehow...I can't seem to put my finger one it...managed in a few short pages to bring transparency to regexes for me like noone and no other book has!

Kudos to Hall, McAdams and Foy...Great job! I am confident anyone reading this book will not be disappointed.

UPDATE: Corrected some typos and re-did the formatting.

UPDATE 2: Corrected typos in Review Synopsis.


In reply to Effective Perl Programming: Ways to Write Better, More Idiomatic Perl 2nd ed. by ack

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