Since I published the first edition of Win32 Perl Programming: The Standard Extensions, quite a bit has changed. Perl has changed versions, a slew of new extensions have been written, bugs have been squashed, new bugs have been discovered, and the cycle has continued. The book, however, has remained relevant regardless of these changes. This is a testimony to the need for such a book.

My goal was to write a book that was concise, informative, and useful. I didn’t want the book to become just another stack of paper sitting on a shelf or propping up someone’s computer monitor. I wanted the book to matter, to be something that is kept at an arm’s reach from the keyboard. It appears that this was exactly what happened.

In my ideal world, ...

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