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Don't learn Perl
on 4 June 2002
I gave this book a higher rating that I really felt like. It didn't seem fair to rate it badly because the book itself is fine - well written, etc. but if you are looking for a new programming language to learn, try something else (Python for example). Perl is a scrappy language which doesn't encourage a good programming style and tends to lead to code which is very difficult to follow. It took me a long time to grasp the basics of Perl and I consider this a wasted effort because it's not a language I'll be using except out of necessity.
Perl is a language to learn only if you have to! It may have been an advance in its time but it has been outdated by other (better) languages.