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Re^2: What's missing in Perl books?

by bradcathey (Prior)
on Nov 17, 2005 at 02:44 UTC ( #509268=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: What's missing in Perl books?
in thread What's missing in Perl books?

I couldn't agree more. I can't think of one Perl book with decent examples. They are always snippets out of context, or the exception. I am not a full-time professional programmer, but I use Perl in my web work. I'm too old to go back to school and get all the theory, so I need step by step how to's.

CPAN docs are about as bad. I would never have made it without the good monks at the Monastery.

"The important work of moving the world forward does not wait to be done by perfect men." George Eliot

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Re^3: What's missing in Perl books?
by tirwhan (Abbot) on Nov 17, 2005 at 08:10 UTC

    The Perl Cookbook is chock-full of examples. Other than that, read the source. You've got all the examples on how to program (and sometimes how not to program) on CPAN, download a module that deals with your problem space and read through it, you're bound to gather some insights that way.

    Debugging is twice as hard as writing the code in the first place. Therefore, if you write the code as cleverly as possible, you are, by definition, not smart enough to debug it. -- Brian W. Kernighan

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