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Re: Should I upgrade my "Learning Perl" Book?

by Callum (Chaplain)
on Jul 27, 2005 at 10:52 UTC ( #478547=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Should I upgrade my "Learning Perl" Book?

I would say that there's probably no point.

Any "Learning" book will only teach you the basics of a topic -- it will serve as an introduction.

You and Perl have already been introduced, you already know the basics. A new version of of Learning Perl will only re-acquaint you once again, perhaps slightly differently.

I'd suggest two things -- first buy an older book (namely Programming Perl, the Camel book, the next book along and probably the best Perl (5) book you'll own even if it is a few years old), -- second read perldoc, perldelta will tell you what the version differences are and are a fine way to test your understanding of the language, they'll be a harder read than Learning Perl was but between what you already know, what's covered in Programming Perl, and what's contained in perldoc you'll learn masses about Perl in general and in particular about the changes between 5.6 and 5.8

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