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Perl Pocket Reference
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 27 January 2003
Like a lot of developers, I don't use Perl every day as my main development tool. Instead I use Perl occasionally to update configuration files, mass source code changes, development utilities etc. As a result I find myself forgetting the syntax, semantics, packages that I need to write effective (though perhaps not wonderful) Perl scripts to get the job done. I bought this book on a whim and have found it very useful to remind me about Perl when I need to use it - often in a rush. The O'Reilly "Programming Perl" was excellent to start with but too hard to use as a concise reference.
However the price tag / content for this book is too high in my opinion. Around the five pounds mark would be more reasonable hence four stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 March 2012
This book is grossly overpriced for what it is. The level of information is comparable to the reference card that came with a Perl book I bought years ago. It has more words, but the words are not more useful. For example, under "Smartmatching", there is a paragraph that is word-for-word identical with the online (perldoc) documentation, then a table which is less useful than the table in the online documentation, and finally a little "info" icon that refers you to the online documentation.

It's difficult to imagine a class of users who will find this book useful. If you have been using Perl for 10+ years and want to become aware of recently-introduced features (like smartmatching), the book's lists might be helpful. For anyone else, the book is really too superficial to be useful. Being a book, it's not as quick or convenient to consult as a reference card, but it doesn't have enough additional information to be worth the trouble of looking things up in it. For anything more than checking the existence or spelling of a keyword (elif? elsif? elseif?) you're going to have to look at a more detailed description anyway, so why waste time on this booklet?
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TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 10 December 2013
The O'Reilly books reference books are always a good comprehensive set of notes and the Perl book is no exception. Once you have an understanding of Perl the book will start to make a bit of sense. It is by no means a teaching aid, but it can provide you with a place to find the essential commands and switches in one place. It is a bit like a glorified 'man command' page, but with some examples.

I found this useful when I was getting to grips with Perl. I don't use the language so much now, but I still keep this book to hand as I can never remember the main command structure switches when I need them.
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on 15 November 2006
I keep a copy of this in my briefcase, so I'm never stuck when I can't remember the name of a function, or the order of its arguments. It isn't a replacement for the full Camel book, though. This book will only jog your memory: it won't teach you concepts.
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on 13 February 2012
I brought this book hope to have a great reference book and guess what it is as expected. I could put it down. I definitely recommend this to any developer who needs to learn Perl in two weeks or less.
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