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Byte.com: Learning Perl, Part 4 - Perl Books Worth Reading

May 08, 2000, 22:46 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Martin Heller)

"Learning Perl tends to assume in places that you are running Perl on a Unix system, but I didn't find that to be much of a problem. On the other hand, if you've never seen a Unix system, you might find some of the specific instructions in the book confusing...."

"I think Perl 5 Interactive Course is pretty good, if you like textbooks. At this stage in my life and Perl knowledge, exercises and quizzes at the end of each chapter just get in my way; you may be in a different stage and appreciate them. Interestingly enough, the Web URL given on the cover of this book is no longer valid. Ah, well four years is an eternity in Internet time...."

"On the other hand, Perl in a Nutshell, by Ellen Siever, Stephen Spainhour, and Nathan Patwardhan, is nearly ideal as a quick reference to the Perl language and modules, but well nigh useless as a tutorial. This one has the head of a camel on the cover, which kind of sums it up. It's worth having if you spend more than a couple of hours a month writing Perl."

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