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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Damian (and Linda McIver, the co-author) point out that choosing a subset for a language does not raise its grade---indeed, it makes it worse.

    Although you can teach a subset of a language in complete isolation, the perl interpreter does not limit itself to that subset (at least not yet), and other books the students may consult may use a different subset. Since the best way to answer one's own questions, in my opinion, is to search Google Groups, the good students will run into things outside of the pedagogical subset.

    Larry has said that it is fine to speak "baby Perl", but that does not mean that everyone does, and that is the problem. :)