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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Do you think there's any connection to the fact that you had a very open development process, with a repository, a mailing list, and open participation by the community in shaping the book?

    I'm not saying there is, necessarily, but I know that I definitely had a better impression of what I'd get out of the book based on what (little) I put into it and what I saw others putting into it. Certainly, this was one book that seemed to come about quite differently than most others in that sense.

    Or it may be that a
    • I have no way to really tell. I'd have to run a control test, and I don't want to spend two years doing that :)

      I definitely think the quality of the book is related to opening it up. There's a very long list of acknowlegements, and it was very handy to have a test audience for things like negative lookaround (my hardest topic to write about). Now, if the better quality means more sales I don't know. It could be that I just talked about it every chance I get so it gets more attention that other books. Who knows. I'm just happy people bought it. :)

      Part of Allison's and my original idea for the book was that it wouldn't just be another advanced book talking about the same thing already in the other advanced books. If it was in Advanced Perl Programming (either edition), Network Programming with Perl, Object Oriented Perl, Higher Order Perl, or a few other main books, I didn't cover it. So, it's mostly stuff people haven't seen in a book yet (mostly).