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Greatest Perl Docs Ever Written

Besides a cold beer, there's nothing like good documentation or tutorials to help you learn Perl. Here are links to documents that I consider the greatest because they are written better and more clearly than others and shed a whole lot of light on their respective subjects. No need to worry about wasting paper and ink printing these out.

perldsc: Excellent overview of nested data structures. Chock full of great code examples.

Using (s)printf(): If there's one part of the perldoc that sucks, its the one that documents how sprintf/printf work. Fortunately, turnstep has put together this nifty tutorial to fill the hole.

Benchmarking your code: turnstep does it again! I always wondered how to time your code and this excellent tutorial got me started faster than the amount of time it took to execute my crap code just once!

Chapter 3, Advanced Perl Programming: If you are still scratching your head about Typeglobs and Symbol Tables, look no further. This chapter alone was worth the price of the book. Extremely clear and well written.


More to come (but don't hold your breath): Last updated July 2, 2001


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---Navy...subs...reactor operator...6 years
---SoCal party guy...student...1 year
---Labor organizer...2 years
---Occ. Health and Safety instructor...2 years
---Computer geek...student again...1 year
---Organizer again, community type...8 months
---Computer geek...again??? WTF?
---Current business owner
---Small city politician (for two years)
---Looking for ways to get back into Perl