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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • If any book then Effective Perl Programming [amazon.com] was the one that got me a bit closer to "mastering perl".

      - ask
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    -- ask bjoern hansen [askbjoernhansen.com], !try; do();

    • Good idea... I'll have to look at its table of contents when I get home.

      It used to be online, but I think Joseph let that slip away. I was able to grab parts of it off archive.org though. Does anyone have the rest? I'd like to see about hosting it if Joseph will allow it.
  • I like most of your outline, especially the performance chapter, but the chapter about TIE, AUTOLOAD, source filters, symbol tables, and type globs looks like the script of a horror movie to me. These are things that I expect mature coders to understand and almost totally avoid. I suppose they have to learn them somewhere though. I do like the part about error handling. Many perl coders I meet don't have much knowledge about this.

    If I were going to look for a training manual for people I would like

    • I'm not sure what constitutes mastery, and it's something that I have to define. However, getting through the book won't make anyone a Perl master. I want to teach how to master Perl, meaning that once they've gone through the book they should be able to answer their own questions. That's a hard thing to show in the outline because it comes in bits and pieces in all of the other topics.

      I also avoid subjects covered much better in other books (so maybe I should have a chapter on other books). Perl Best Pract
  • Here are two things I think would be interesting: First, while it is a bit far afield, a historical chapter describing Perl 5's roots in Perl 4 and also in C, sed, and awk would be interesting. I think part of mastering Perl is understanding why it is the way it is, and I think an evolutionary account would supply much enlightenment. This seems even more useful for people coming from a non-Unix background, who may lack the natural instinct for small composable scripts and one-liners.

    Second, a chapter sh

  • I second the recommendation for Effective Perl [isbn.nu].

    For the Other Books section, good, you have Damian's PBP [isbn.nu] @ORA [oreilly.com]of course. You should add Friedl's Mastering Regular Expressions [isbn.nu] @ORA [oreilly.com]; is a 3rd edition planned or needed of that?

    Draft Proposal comments:

    • Perl Context: Want.pm [cpan.org] has more varieties of context than the outline.
    • 4 programming models - isn't OO in the list? That would be 5. Surely the OO in Alpaca/Intermediate hasn't finished the discussion of OO. Mastering should discuss the grand matters of tas
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    Bill
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