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5.0 out of 5 stars
A Well Chosen Title!, 26 July 2007
As the title suggests, this book is about advancing your programming techniques in Perl and is definitely not for the beginner. I had used some of the techniques before, though largely without being fully aware of the "theory", but most were either entirely new to me or concepts that I had previously considered to be the domain of the true guru (and well out of my reach). And this despite being a professional Perl programmer for over 4 years!
Mark Jason Dominus works carefully through a number of well explained examples, illustrating how and why each technique should or could be implemented, and developing each example as the book progresses. Though I found myself frequently having to re-read his often terse code examples and though I cannot claim to have understood _every_ techinque well enough to implement it, I have found that I have used at least one of the techniques he describes in almost every script or module I have written since I finsihed the first chapter!
I would say that this book is an absolute must for any serious Perl programmer who does not already consider him or herself to be at guru status.
Buy it, read it, understand it (eventually) and become a better programmer!
(It occurs to me that for those with a more formal training in Computer Science, the techniques described may not be quite a revelatory as they were for me, however the implementation examples in Perl will still, undoubtedly, be extremely useful.)