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Shlomi Fish (918)

Shlomi Fish
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I'm a hacker of Perl, C, Shell, and occasionally other languages. Perl is my favourite language by far. I'm a member of the Israeli Perl Mongers, and contribute to and advocate open-source technologies. Technorati Profile []

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Friday February 09, 2007
06:04 AM

Review of "Perl Hacks"

[ #32358 ]

This is a review of the O'Reilly book Perl Hacks by chromatic, Damian Conway and Curtis "Ovid" Poe.

I received this book as a token of appreciation for my contributions to the 2006 Perl Advent Calendar. It's the first book I read as part of the O'Reilly Hacks' series of books, and it proved to be a light yet informative and entertaining read.

The book covers various useful "hacks" or small tricks that allow one to achieve a lot of cool tasks when working with Perl. These tricks are unorthodox and stretch the limit of one's Perl knowledge. Since they require an advanced knowledge and understanding of Perl, I would recommend this book only for Perl experts. Some of the B:: using modules were even too high-level for me to understand how they worked internally. However, I understood the purpose of the code in all cases, even if I didn't understand the code itself.

So it is a recommended read for people who've worked with Perl a lot, and wish to learn many new and useful tricks. Perl Hacks for Perl hackers, indeed!

Note: this review was also posted on the Perl-IL wiki, on my web-site, on the page, and on the O'Reilly page (where it will appear shortly).

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