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should have added the link in to the review
the first being the book site, the second the authors blog
there are links there to the usual places (amazon, powells) but I find
it listed locally on loot.co.za (i recommend these people strongly).
Also the ebook version appears now in additional formats.
keep well & have a great day
Spike from sp...@mweb.co.za said on Saturday 26 February 2011:
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> Sounds very interesting! Where can I gat a copy from? Is it in
> 'print' as well as PDF?
> On 25 Feb 2011, at 23:53, Anne Wainwright <anothera...@fables.co.za>
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> > Hi,
> > I downloaded a copy of this some while back and have been reading
> > through the chapters. Published in 2010 this is not another 'how
> > to' starter book on Perl.
> > It is a resume of Perl syntax, useage, & programming in almost 'aide
> > memoire' style, with small code snippets to illustrate the immediate
> > points. Coverage ranges from Perl Philosophy onwards. The focus is
> > on doing things using the best modern perl code elements rather than
> > hangover code from years back - however well that code might still
> > work.
> > Having read through LEARNING PERL, INTERMEDIATE PERL, and other
> > related O'Reilly publications, this was perhaps a good moment to
> > chance upon this. I find that it in a concise, structured, and
> > ordered way it covers everything that I have sampled in the
> > O'Reilly books (more perhaps since all of mine are old editions).
> > It does not replace PROGRAMMING PERL or THE PERL COOKBOOK, neither
> > does it attempt to teach programming by way of worked examples or by
> > developing small applications. Rather it puts together in one place
> > the key points of current practice in a systematic way. It is not
> > just a bare-bones reference though. Entries are linked to others
> > where needed, it does not attempt to explain every option in full
> > detail only those of major importance. It does set out to inculcate
> > perl programming using modern idioms.
> > The preface states: (I hope this wraps ok for you)
> >> Perl turns 23 years old later this year. The language has gone
> >> from a simple tool for system administration somewhere between
> >> shell scripting and C programming (Perl 1) to a powerful,
> >> general-purpose language steeped in a rich heritage (Perl 5) and a
> >> consistent, coherent, rethinking of programming in general intended
> >> to last for another 25 years (Perl 6).
> >> Even so, most Perl 5 programs in the world take far too little
> >> advantage of the language. You can write Perl 5 programs as if
> >> they were Perl 4 programs (or Perl 3 or 2 or 1), but programs
> >> written to take advantage of everything amazing the worldwide
> >> Perl 5 community has invented, polished, and discovered are
> >> shorter, faster, more powerful, and easier to maintain than their
> >> alternatives. Modern Perl is a loose description of how
> >> experienced and effective Perl 5 programmers work. They use
> >> language idioms. They take advantage of the CPAN. They’re
> >> recognizably Perlish, and they show good taste and craftsmanship
> >> and a full understandin of Perl. You can learn this too.
> > I haven't got Damian Conway's PERL BEST PRACTICE so I cannot
> > compare it with that standard work which might be a comparable text.
> > Perhaps it would be a good reference for an experienced programmer
> > wanting to fast-track their Perl skills. I like it because I find
> > it a useful bridge between how I do things and how I should do
> > things and I expect it to jerk my Perl up a few notches. It
> > collects every thing together in one source that I might have to
> > locate and synthesise from many different perl books.
> > I don't suppose that every one will like it, but for me it has a
> > place in the scheme of things Perl.
> > One beef. I have it in .pdf format. The fonts are small and do not
> > print out well. You cannot highlight or annotate it which would
> > seem a must for me if electronic texts are to be really useful. I
> > don't know what if any format supports those actions, none that I
> > have seen so far. I'll likely get a print copy.
> > best regards
> > Anne
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