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  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Onyx Neon Press (31 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977920151
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977920150
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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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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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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Love the inclusion on Moose, testing, closures which are missing in most other Perl books
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars If you only own one Perl book, this should be it 31 Jan. 2011
By Elana Gartner Golden - Published on Amazon.com
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I had a hard time characterizing this wonderful book. It explains the fundamentals, but it's not an introductory book like Learning Perl. It covers almost every feature of the Perl 5 language, but it's not a reference book like Programming Perl. It explains common idioms, but it's not a guide to Perl 5 fluency like Effective Perl Programming. It contains many practical suggestions, but it's not a book of tips like Perl Hacks.

I can only describe it as a "textbook". If I had to pick a single book to teach Perl 5, this is the one I'd choose. As I read it, I was reminded of the first time I read K&R (C Programming Language) and how much learning was packed into it. (It's the only college programming text I still have). In a slim 250 pages, Modern Perl obsoletes most of my shelf of Perl 5 books. It's not intended for a complete novice to programming (any more than K&R was), but in the hands of a competent programmer or a diligent student it will teach everything that one needs to know to write Perl 5 well.

What I especially like about Modern Perl is that it puts particular emphasis on understanding fundamental Perl 5 concepts like "context" and "scope". From these and other foundations, one can understand why certain programming idioms have emerged and one can avoid surprises in the odder corners of the language. If you want a book to spoon feed cut-and-paste code to you, this is not the book for you. If you want a book that will teach you to write your own code confidently, this is an excellent resource.

If you already know some programming and want to learn Perl 5, then Modern Perl is the book you should get. If you already know Perl 5, but don't think you know it well, or if you haven't kept up in developments in Perl 5 since the late 1990's, then Modern Perl will get you up to speed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Modern Perl 10 Dec. 2011
By PeterGo - Published on Amazon.com
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This is not a beginners book. It is a good reference for navigating Perldoc and CPAN. It also gives good tips on programming elegantly in Perl.
I don't like the fonts chosen for the examples. Reserved words such as while, for, and keys are not in bold type which makes them difficult to read.
My copy, published in October 2010 covers changes up to Version 5.12
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book; teaches Perl nicely 18 Oct. 2014
By George R. Self - Published on Amazon.com
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I teach Perl at a community college and plan to start using this book for the upcoming term. It teaches modern techniques; but is still adequate for a beginner. It also covers several more advanced topics (like MOOSE), so will make a valuable addition to a student's library. Best of all, the price is right (especially for college students who are used to paying over $100 for a book).
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5.0 out of 5 stars The perl reference 26 April 2014
By krism - Published on Amazon.com
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If you can already program, this book is an incredible way to pick up modern perl. It's something you might not be aware of when you first approach the language, but there's a ton of material out there that teaches "the old (less than ideal) way." This book will save you from that.
5.0 out of 5 stars chromatic knows his stuff and writes well. But most ... 21 Jan. 2016
By Jeremiah Foster - Published on Amazon.com
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chromatic knows his stuff and writes well. But most of all he describes difficult concepts clearly. This is a must have book for the modern perl programmer.
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