High Level Perl Jobs
paul at seamons.com
Tue Aug 22 11:31:48 MDT 2006
On Tuesday 22 August 2006 10:48 am, Steve wrote:
> Are there any good books one would recommend reading, in regards to
> the current iteration of Perl and/or OO Perl?
Sadly I think the most accurate answer is "no."
While there are some books, most of them push concepts that aren't necessary
or are overly burdensome. If I were to suggest anything I would do either of
the following (or both):
1) Use the man (or perldoc if you have it)
man perlboot Perl OO tutorial for beginners
man perltoot Perl OO tutorial, part 1
man perltooc Perl OO tutorial, part 2
man perlbot Perl OO tricks and examples
man perl List a bunch of other resources that are useful.
2) Find commonly used modules on CPAN and read the code. There will be a
variety of styles. You will be able to soon distinguish between those that
are easy to read and are well coded and those that are not.
As a followup to number 2. I would avoid CPAN modules or frameworks that seem
to employ a high level of magic. There are some basic OO Perl concepts and
then there are several theoretical and advanced concepts that are not all
that useful or even safe for common use and can make things confusing
quickly. Additionally, many of the frameworks are generally a language unto
themselves. I would actually avoid the frameworks if you are planning on
learning perl to write your own non-framework code.
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