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Re: Use Something Different

by dragonchild (Archbishop)
on Apr 11, 2005 at 18:50 UTC ( #446725=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Use Something Different
in thread How do you master Perl?

Because Learning Perl takes a Unix slant to things. Win32 is sufficiently different that it makes sense to have both. Specifically, there are a huge number of Win32-specific modules that have little to no analogue in the Unix world.

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Re^2: Use Something Different
by brian_d_foy (Abbot) on Apr 12, 2005 at 15:42 UTC

    Learning Perl is about as non-unixy as we could make it. Any residual unixisms are from Perl itself.

    The stuff that is Windows-specific (or Mac- or Solaris-) is beyond the scope of the book.

    brian d foy <>

      That makes me wonder why there isn't a Learning Perl for Unix, or something like that.

      Actually, I think it's a good idea to favor non-platform-specific texts, but that makes me want to again question the Win32 version's existence. Shouldn't "we" be teaching Perl, and maybe offering a "next book" that touches on Win32-specific matters and assumes a basic understanding of Perl already, instead of teaching a Win32-specific dialect of Perl?

      print substr("Just another Perl hacker", 0, -2);
      - apotheon
      CopyWrite Chad Perrin

        I'm not sure what you're asking for: Learning Perl isn't tied to any platform, and Learning Perl for Win32 is a very old book that won't be updated. We're (as in Stonehenge and the authors of Learning Perl), don't teach a platform specific version of Perl. Learning Perl for Win32 was a reaction to the second edition of Learning Perl where Tom Christiansen let his Windows hatred (and Unix bias) get in the way. Tom Phoenix changed that in the third edition of Learning Perl so we didn't need a Windows version of the book.

        A Learning Perl for Unix wouldn't be all that interesting. The interesting parts are where Perl, which is based on a lot of unixisms already, differ on non-unix platforms. Most of the interfaces have been faked or kludged so they work most places already.

        brian d foy <>
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