Many Perl programmers cut their teeth on the first edition of Effective Perl Programming. When Addison-Wesley first published it in 1998, the entire world seemed to be using Perl; the dot-com days were in full swing and anyone who knew a little HTML could get a job as a programmer. Once they had those jobs, programmers had to pick up some quick skills. Effective Perl Programming was likely to be one of the books those new Perl programmers had on their desks along with the bibles of Perl, Programming Perl1 and Learning Perl2.

1. Larry Wall, Tom Christiansen, and Jon Orwant, Programming Perl, Third Edition (Sebastopol, CA: O’Reilly Media, 2000).

2. Randal L. Schwartz, Tom Phoenix, and brian d foy, Learning Perl, Fifth Edition (Sebastopol, ...

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