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TPJ November is Out

posted by pudge on 2002.11.01 15:18   Printer-friendly
Fox writes "The November issue of The Perl Journal is out. TPJ is now published electronically in the PDF format. If you have not yet subscribed, they could use your support. This issue includes:
  • Using Perl to Stress-Test Applications
  • perlcc & Compiling Perl Script
  • Turning HTML into an RSS Feed
  • Better Documentation Through Testing
  • Really Lazy Persistence
  • Letter from the Editor
  • Perl News
  • Book Review: Extending and Embedding Perl"
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  • I subscribed to TPJ one issue before they went kaput a while back. Then that was replaced by a subscription to sysadmin magazine... sort of -- I think I got 3 issues, but no big deal because I already had a subscription to sysadmin at work, and then I got the joyous load of crap 'tpj' tacked onto the end of sysadmin for a few issues. 3 articles at the end of some other magazine is _not_ the TPJ I had grown to love.

    So now I'm supposed to shell out $12 for another year? I probably will, but would like to see
    • I think the new issue is worth something.

      I particularly enjoyed "Better Documentation Through Testing". Recently I've been working hard to better some of my coding habits. I'm forcing myself to write documentation, tests and code in that order. "Better Documentation Through Testing" showed me some great tools that I can employ to try and keep myself honest.

      -- dug
    • Pros:
      • Professional attractive layout and very good production values. It's one of the nicest PDF's newsletters I've ever seen. Borrow your friends color duplex printer to do it justice.
      • Interesting content. I agree with the previous poster that brian d foy's article on "Better Documentation Through Testing" was the most interesting of the bunch.
      • Mostly free of advertising. I'm guessing that the TPJ folks would probably not find this to be a feature, but I've never gotten much out of the ads personal
      • More cons:

        • Icky typography. Spefically, the "fi" ligatures and "smart" quotes in inline code samples and boxes (though listings appear to be fine, for some reason).

        This kind of thing is a pet peeve of mine (the German version of PC Magazine gets this wrong all the time as well) -- please, people, if you're going to publish a journal that contains code, get an editor (or whoever is responsible for making sure things look right) who will ensure that code samples contain no ligatures, no "smart" quotes (unl


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        Aettot ibrec epesecoth, spakhea scrifeteis.

    • You could shell out the money, but what I found to be equal if not the same is just to go to their website and read the Perl information. I spent the money from TPJ to get Linux Journal and Linux magizine, and I am happy to report there are always at least one to two good articles regarding perl in either journal.
  • Sure. "It's only $12" they say. But now I have to go out and buy a ^&*%@^%#!! color laser printer to do it any justice!!!! :-)

    Seriously, I've read it and I'm glad to see it's back and useful and not some second-hand apppendage, although we should thank SysAdmin for their keeping it alive.

    "If you were supposed to understand it, we wouldn't call it code." - FedEx