On Fri, Dec 14, 2007 at 01:46:17AM -0600, Joshua Isom wrote: > > On Dec 14, 2007, at 1:12 AM, Chad Perrin wrote: > >For the record . . . title changes for new editions like that annoy me. > >It can make it pretty difficult at times trying to determine whether or > >not I'm about to buy a duplicate. The switch from Learning Perl > >Objects, > >References, and Modules to Intermediate Perl was another example of > >that > >sort of annoyance. > > > > Perhaps you should look in /usr/local/lib/perl5/5.8.8/pod, which from > my experience, has been better than any book I've ever seen for perl. > Try running `perldoc perlintro` and `perldoc perllol`. With exceptions > such as "old standard" languages, most free documentation that comes > with the interpreter/compiler tends to be better than any book. A > print out of perl's documentation would be far more valuable than > almost any perl book on the market.
I use the hell out of perldoc. There was a time when I wanted to read the latest edition of PORM, aka Intermediate Perl, though, in part because of the presentation of information (and not just the information itself). I also find it a lot easier to read huge chunks of technical text in dead tree format than on-screen, and easier to read bound books than printed pages (to say nothing of the cost of replacing toner and drum in my laser printer if I use it all up printing out perldoc pages). > > Although I haven't looked much into any FreeBSD book, I wouldn't be > surprised at all if FreeBSD's documentation combined with > freebsd-questions would outweigh it. Yes and no. For some purposes, it's easier to find what I need with something like The Complete FreeBSD than freebsd-questions. For others, freebsd-questions makes it easier. I'm not a "One True Answer" kind of guy when it comes to different means of researching -- I prefer to use the method best suited to what I need at a given moment. -- CCD CopyWrite Chad Perrin [ http://ccd.apotheon.org ] Baltasar Gracian: "A wise man gets more from his enemies than a fool from his friends." _______________________________________________ firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"