Over the last few months, I've been doing a lot of thinking about the kinds of people who get into Perl simply to put guestbooks and hit counters on thier web site. To me this seems to be currently the way that most people start using Perl. I've summarised my current ideas on this subject in my Idiotic Perl talk.
One of the problems that I've identified is that there isn't a book that one of these people will buy which teaches good Perl. The good beginners Perl books (Learning Perl, Elements of Programming with Perl and Beginning Perl for example) all look far too scary to someone whose "programming" experience is writing a bit of HTML. The kinds of books that they will buy all teach bad Perl.
This isn't new. I've been saying for months that we need a new beginners Perl/CGI book which addresses this market. I've also been saying that I thought I wasn't the right person to write it.
Over the last few weeks tho' my opinion has been changing. With the interest in nms and my recent article on perl.com I'm starting to think that maybe I could be the person to write the book. A number of people at the German Perl Workshop seemed to think that it was a good idea.
So my current plan is to see if I can find a publisher interested in the idea. I'd need to choose a publisher carefully as I don't think that my target audience even look at O'Reilly or Manning books. The go for big, colourful books with titles like Learn Everything Fast!. If you've an idea about publishers that might be interested then please let me know.
Oh, and titles are important too. kudra and kane presented me with this web page where people can suggest a title for the book - togther with some of their best efforts