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Effective Perl Programming is a gem of a Perl book. Its author, Joseph Hall, is a well-known Perl instructor and frequent poster on the seminal comp.lang.perl.misc newsgroup. The book's technical editor is none other than Randal Schwartz, noted Net personality and enigmatic author of Learning Perl.
Hall has distilled his years of Perl experience into a book for Perl programmers that is both fluid and fun to read. It's somewhat like reading the Perl FAQ; even when you think you know everything, there's so much you don't know.
Effective Perl Programming has a clear layout: the text is easy on the eyes and the mono-spaced font makes a clear distinction between backticks and single quotes. Hall uses his PEGS (Perl Graphical Structures) notation to show the difference between Perl's different types of data structures and how everything ties together.
Packed with great examples and code snippets, this book is an excellent source of tips and tricks to make your Perl programs faster and easier to read. You'll also find a strong section on using the Perl debugger to improve your Perl programming skills. In yet another section, Hall walks the reader through the creation of a complete XS module that can boost the performance of array shuffling eight-fold. All in all, this is a great book for programmers who want to move beyond plain, verbose Perl toward a more succinct and powerful coding style. --Jake Bond
Perl is an amazingly powerful language that is especially useful for web work with Common Gateway Interfaces. This is not a book for beginners but for people who have some experience being confused by Perl. Hall discusses namespace, regular expressions, references, packages, and object-oriented programming. The goal of this book is not to write clear, legible, slightly verbose Perl code but "toward something more succinct and individualistic."
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As a previous reviewer said, this isn't a book for advanced perl programmers. For intermediate users, however, it is excellent. Read morePublished on March 21 2004
There isn't realy anything wrong with this book per se. It does have some good ideas for Perl programming.
I just didn't find it very interesting or even that useful. Read more
The authors are long-time professional Perl trainers and it clearly shows: the selection of material, organization and presentation style are honed and distilled to be worth paying... Read morePublished on Jan. 20 2004 by Egor Shipovalov
Well written, succinct, no fat. Material is too simple for CS or Perl experts or for advanced readers who want a deeper look under the covers. Read morePublished on Aug. 6 2003
This book covers some cool tricks and tips and more efficient coding than some of the other Perl books. Read morePublished on May 21 2003 by Tim Greer
I started writing perl around ten years ago, and at the time my perl looked a lot like the c code I wrote in 1990.. or the FORTRAN code I wrote in 1975! Read morePublished on April 23 2003 by Michael J. Edelman
Very useful tips and techniques. Whether you need help dealing with Perl's "idiosyncrasies" or making your Perl code run more efficiently, you'll love this book.Published on April 9 2003
Another in the "Effective [insert language] Programming" series, this is probably the best Perl book in my library. Read morePublished on Aug. 13 2002
This is a great book for beginners and intermediates. Do you know that a foreach loop is 10% faster than a for loop?. Have you used Orcish Manuever (Wooh !! Read morePublished on July 5 2002 by B. John