Ask Perl programmers what source they relied on most when learning the language, and a vast majority will point to this book. Written by recognized ...Show synopsisAsk Perl programmers what source they relied on most when learning the language, and a vast majority will point to this book. Written by recognized leaders in the Perl community, this fifth edition is updated for all changes to the language up to Perl 5.10. Now designed to meet the pace and scope sought by today's programmers, the book retains the detailed discussions, thorough examples, and eclectic wit that made it famous.Hide synopsis
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This book really helped me prepare for interviews and also kindle my interest in Perl.
The thing is this book alone will not be sufficient and you will have to get other Perl books like Programming Perl. You should also be familiar with Unix to understand the concepts.
Overall a great book!!!
This is a review of the 4th edition (Schwartz, Phoenix, foy). Like all of the O'Reilly books I've seen so far, Learning Perl is very nicely edited and well laid out. The authors made one unfortunate choice. They decided that, since Perl is a complex language with a lot of quirks, they were going to interrupt the general flow with an abundance of footnotes. They do warn you to ignore them, but that's easier said than done -- besides, if they're there to be ignored, why not just leave them out? Other than that, this is a good introduction to Perl. I am using it for a distance ed class at NC State. I am more than half way through the term and I've done well so far without listening to a single lecture, just by reading the book and doing the end-of-chapter exercises.
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