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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • I am so glad to find out that chapter 1 being a pain isn't just me. On to chapters 2 and 3, then!
    • Part of my Standard Advice to Authors (as received on stone tablets from Linda Mui) is "don't start with Chapter 1".


      • Sheesh--I made one of the classic mistakes. I'd best stay away from Sicilians and out of Asia, then...
        • Maybe I'm just weird, as I tend to stand with Chapter 1. Different strokes for different folks, I guess.
        • You can go to Asia, just don't start a land war. :-)

          By the by, did you catch Clinton's thing on fencing masters?

          Here's the link:

      • I didn't have much trouble working on the MacPerl book, in large part because of my fairly extensive journalism background, where one guideline -- not a rule -- is to not start with your lead paragraph. It's not a rule because a paragraph is much shorter and easier to write and rewrite than a chapter, and further, sometimes a lead paragraph helps to put the rest of the story into the proper perspective, if focus is a problem. However, the same principle holds: if you are having problems, just start writin