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Re: Which Book

by kyle (Abbot)
on Sep 01, 2007 at 22:43 UTC ( #636546=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Which Book

See If I could only own one Perl book, it would be:

I don't see Perl 5 for Dummies or Mastering Algorithms with Perl in the poll, but it's still a good collective answer—and discussion—of the question you're asking.

I have a special place in my heart for Perl 5 for Dummies, but nothing would beat the Camel book for me.

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Re^2: Which Book
by Upstairs (Novice) on Sep 01, 2007 at 23:36 UTC
    Sorry, I missed the poll. Thanks. So I'll be getting a 1992 Camel book. It seems right for my level.

      If you mean the first edition (aka the pink camel), described in 1991 as "an authoritative guide to the hottest new UNIX utility in years", you'll be about 15 years behind the curve. Though a wonderful and treasured historical work, this first edition describes a Perl without references, without modules, from a prehistoric era before the CPAN roamed the Earth. Therefore, I strongly encourage you to buy the latest third edition instead.

        Yes, it's the 'guide to the hottest new unix utulity'. It weighs less than half the 'nooks and crannies' version which appears to weigh more than my laptop (I browsed it in a bookshop). I've also been given a pink 'desktop reference'. I came here from tcl so the curve is no problem. Thanks.

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