About this Book

It would have been easy to write a truly “minimal” book on Perl by revealing so little of the language that nobody would have been able to do much with it. This isn’t that kind of book.

It would also have been easy to write yet another “maximal” book on Perl, which would spend so much ink enthusing over its expressiveness, reveling in its redundancies, frolicking through its freakier features, and rampaging through its ribald regions, that there’d be insufficient room left to adequately explain how realistic programs actually work or to give you practical tips on avoiding common problems. This isn’t that kind of book either.

This is a new kind of Perl book—one that empowers you to write lots of useful programs, without learning any ...

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