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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • How do you picture this being different from Perl Best Practices?

    • by chromatic (983) on 2009.01.16 16:14 (#66894) Homepage Journal

      PBP isn't primarily a didactic book. If you don't know Perl, I'm not sure you'll learn it from reading the book. It's a great book, and there's definitely some overlap, but I have in mind something like a very streamlined version of the Camel that's deliberately non-exhaustive. I feel free to say "Here is how to think about a useful feature in such a way that you can remember it and use it productively... and here's a feature you can safely ignore and avoid, because it doesn't work right or it's just too hard to use."

      Also I don't forsee discussing coding standards at any length. The best comparison is to JavaScript: The Good Parts [oreilly.com].

      • Ah, sounds more tutorial than reference. Good idea. I think that would be useful to me and to others.

        As far as a companion blog goes, that sounds useful, too. I've often thought that a site that shows how one could improve perl found in the wild would be interesting. I'm picturing something like MJD's red flag talks, crossed with refactormycode.com, and a little bit of best practices or code review thrown in I guess. This sounds vaguely related. I think you would be good at it.