"With the plethora of Perl books out today (375 listed at
Amazon) I was suprised to see a new Perl book on the scene, but
after reading it I was pleasantly surprised with its quality.
For people who are starting out in Perl, or just need a good
refresher, Simon Cozen's "Beginning Perl" is a good
"Right off the bat, Simon starts with a great history of Perl.
Sometimes computer authors spend too much time talking about
history and origins of computer and languages which tends to turn
reader off very quickly, but this was well done. With Simon's
introduction you get a feel for the evolution of Perl and a clear
understanding of why you should be reading this book as well as why
you should be using Perl. My only problem was a single line where
he says "It's very easy to learn". I think he should have included
the same caveat that came with the game "Othello" ("A minute to
learn, A lifetime to master")."
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