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Re: (OT) I prefer to do my learning with: dead trees or flying electrons?

by Abigail-II (Bishop)
on Sep 23, 2003 at 08:45 UTC ( #293434=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to (OT) I prefer to do my learning with: dead trees or flying electrons?

I learned Perl from the manuals. The first Perl book I bought was long after I considered myself experience - it was the second edition of the Camel, and I only bought it because my employer was going to pay for it.

Currently, I have a shelf full of Perl books. I'd say I got 30% for free, 50% I bought at YAPC actions and the remaining 20% I bought. Only a few books I read completely (most of them because of reviewing), others I only read parts or browsed through them. I'd say that a third of the Perl books I own, I've never looked into yet.

That doesn't mean I don't prefer books in general. But I know Perl already so I've no reason to look into learning Perl books, I don't see the point of books of the form "Perl and X", and, most of all, I know where to find things in the manual. That doesn't mean I think the manual is perfect, far from that. But with the Camel, I always think, what does this book have that the manual doesn't? Furthermore, I'm not at all thrilled about the quality of the Perl books. There are a lot of bad books, there are a bunch of so-so books, a couple of average books, and very few good books. I don't know any excellent of gem Perl books. It's striking that the book I find most useful for a Perl programmer doesn't contain anything about Perl. It's Stevens' Advanced Programming in the UNIX Environment.


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