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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • The last paragraph sells the book well. We are great teachers, but the book even has advantages over our teaching. Those advantages are what you may even see as a criticism of the book: not all of it you see as something you need to learn. This's not a bug, it's a feature: You can pick it up and put it down as time and inclination moves you.

    The general issue of the differences between teaching yourself through a book and having a teacher teach you are interesting. It's hard to beat the motivating influence