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on 4 December 2010
What's considered good form in the Perl world has changed in the ten years since the 3rd edition of the Camel book was released; Modern Perl is, in one sense, a delta between then and now. This is a book on Perl 5, not Perl 6, and is not a beginners' book on programming or Perl. No time is wasted before diving straight into topics like method contexts; references; array and hash manipulation; and advanced function usage (i.e. closures and anonymous subs). If you've been using Perl long enough for that to make sense, the chapter on regular expressions is probably mostly redundant: the same material has been around in other books for years. Object orientation is also covered, both in its traditional flavour and in the shape of the Moose framework. Finally, there's a "what's good and what's not" section at the end, detailing what's considered idiomatic and what's fallen out of favour.

All-in-all, this is a superb book for an update on Perl 5. More than just a technical reference, it places a great deal of emphasis on the Perl community and ethos, making no apologies for the language quirks that make it so powerful and flexible.
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on 2 April 2014
I started writing Perl professionally as part of my job over a decade ago. In that time there have been many new releases of Perl and many additions to the language and styles and conventions of writing. If you're not one of these people who reads the Perl change notes in graphic detail, then you really should have read this book cover to cover.
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on 7 July 2014
Love the inclusion on Moose, testing, closures which are missing in most other Perl books
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on 20 February 2013
Very good book if you're interested in learning Perl/CGI. I've been very pleased with all of the Wrox books I've read (Beginning PHP4 is highly recommended). It goes through the whole language and everything is clearly explained. I'd say the best way too learn Perl/CGI :)
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