I'm going to have to post in disagreement.
When I first started Perl, I got the Camel book, and had no problems
with the first half. (The latter half, discussing blessed objects, references, etc, went a bit over my head at
the time. When I started reading the Panther book (Advanced Perl Programming), I
again got the first half, which happily covers that latter half of the Camel book.
The second half of the Panther book was too much for me.
After a while, I started working with GUIs in Perl, and Networking, and I returned to the Panther
book, only to find that it was too skimpy. People unfamiliar with
sockets will not be able to program based solely off of what they
find here, while people familiar with sockets really only need to
have a few functions pointed out. The author has a tendancy to answer every question with parts
of a custom module, which don't address the question well enough to
give you an answer to a related-but-different question. The GUI section
in particular suffers from this. Programmers experienced with
callbacks and the like will need little more than a function listing, and
those that aren't familiar with it will not find the fundamentals explained here.
As I said, I learned a lot from the first half, but now the Perl Cookbook, and the perlman:perlobj, perlman:ref, and perlman:perlboot pages
cover everything in better detail.
You said My only persuasion against buying this book is that is is not for beginners.
Which is true. It isn't for experienced programmers either. It seems to try to bridge the gap, and fares poorly IMHO.
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