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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Hmm.

    Where have these people learned their Perl from? From hacking other people's scripts, downloading examples and fiddling with them probably.

    People are too busy to read books. This has to be done now and we haven't got time for you to read the camel first. Download an example, hack at it, and get it in place.

    Maybe what we need is more cookbook type books after all, rather than more tutorial type books. Books for people that don't want to have to read the entire thing but just grab the book when they need help doing a task. Basically when they just need to know how to do something and just that something.

    I see no reason why this should just be limited CGI however. I'd love a perl XML cookbook. I know I'm looking forward to the mod perl developer's cookbook [modperlcookbook.org]. Maybe we even need a "writing scripts cookbook" that has things from command line options to testing code.

    It's all in the marketing. Maybe we should have something called "Instant Perl Code" which just has examples of 'stealing' code by using modules from CPAN to do every single example in the book.

    • I want to buy every book I see on Perl, usually...I have an old, voracious reading appetite, so my brain still goes "You need more books! Get the book!"

      That having been said, it would be extremely informative (plus, it would play to the "We need it now!" audience) to see a book that presents a case study of using old code for a new solution. "We needed to solve Q problem. First thing, we went to CPAN. Here's where CPAN is..." and then explained how to use/modify/twist previously-written code. (Even

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