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By A Customer
This review is from: Perl in a Nutshell (In a Nutshell (O'Reilly)) (Paperback)I'm amazed nobody has posted anything about this book yet. I've had it a couple of weeks, and it's become my favourite Perl book. Some people may criticise it for being a paper version of the online documentation, but I think it's much more than that.
The core of the book begins with a language reference. Operators, special variables, file test operators, etc (all those things you can forget if you've not used them for a bit) and available functions are listed. There might not be much here that isn't in the man pages, but it's much easier to read a book on the bus. Besides, I found that flipping through the pages I discovered lots of functions that I didn't know about before.
Then the standard modules are documented. Each one is explained briefly, and the method calls are documented. Again, there might not be much new stuff in here, but it's a very useful reference.
Next come chapters on CGI/mod_perl, Databases, Network programming, Perl/Tk and Win32. These are rather good. They don't necessarily tell you where to start, but give you concise examples of how things can be done. I've learnt loads about what you can do with Perl just by flipping through them.
Combine this with the Cookbook and the online docs, and I've got everything I need for day to day coding. And you can't knock it at this price.