Ok, I’ll admit, I haven’t actually finished this book yet, but am well on my way. You see, the time right after OSCON is very tough, not only do I have a weeks worth of missed work to catch up on, but there are so many new things learned at OSCON that I have to try and digest, or follow up with.
This book is one of those things. I finally bought my copy of Perl Hacks during the Perl Foundation Auction, and had to debate if I would read this, or the new Mastering Perl book first. Other books could wait in line. I started this one first, figuring I could read one of the first hacks, just to get a taste. Since this is one of the Hacks series by O’Reilly, I knew I could read it in small bursts pretty easily, and that the first ones would be the easiest to start with.
Well, the first ones are easy, but in the first section I already learned several small features of Perl that I didn’t know, and several helpful tips. I’ll admit, I didn’t know the powerful perldoc tool had a built in webserver mode for local HTML browsing of your perldocs.
In the last few days I’ve cruised though the Productivity, and User Interaction sections, then jumped forward, skimming interesting bits from Debugging and Developer Tricks. Yes, this is a very useful book. There are many tips I’ve already read that I wish I had when I was first learning Perl, and will always reference now to people just learning. There are some I read last night that I will be rereading because of the depth of what they introduced. This book covers the full range, and will give you tools that can add immediate productivity, and also enhance your overall coding day to day.
Stars: 5 so far, even if I haven’t finished
Please go get it if you even touch perl, besides, as a Hack book it’s one of the cheaper ones.
And no, you can’t have mine!