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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • I feel like we're pretty much in the same boat: I do not like C, I prefer to stay away from it as much as possible. It's a difficult language, and it seems to me like the bulk of the work by P5P is working around nonportability issues of C. If I can, I'd like to spend the little time I have on other things.

    But sometimes you just have to bite the bullet.

    So... how do you like the Cow book? Is it worth picking up?

    (Other people may reply too :))
    • by Alias (5735) on 2007.11.12 22:42 (#59003) Homepage Journal
      Since I care less about the fine details of the language, and my main interest is in the toolchain-related areas (preprocessor, compilers, linkers, modules, paths, etc) I'm found the cow book to be excellent, since it contains a relatively large number of chapters about those topics.

      Most of the other books (from "C for Dummies" to "The Complete C Reference") spent a lot more time on the details of the language itself, and relatively little time on the toolchain.

      And from the perspective of a CPAN'y person, that's what I need.
      • Thank you. I've been looking for a good way to learn the toolchainy parts of C. I knew there had to be a resource somewhere!
        • Please note there's two cow books, "C" and "Practical C Programming", I got the "Practical" one.