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Programming Perl [4th edition, blue camel]

by Larry Wall, Tom Christiansen (Author), Tom Christiansen, brian d foy (Author), Jon Orwant (Author)6 more, Jon Orwant (Author), Randal L. Schwartz, Randal L. Schwartz, Randal L. Schwartz, Randal L. Schwartz, Larry Wall (Author)

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Series: Programming Perl [Wall], Nutshell Handbook Series

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Perl is a powerful programming language that has grown in popularity since it first appeared in 1988. The first edition of this book, Programming Perl, hit the shelves in 1990, and was quickly adopted as the undisputed bible of the language. Since then, Perl has grown with the times, and so has this book.Programming Perl is not just a book about Perl. It is also a unique introduction to the language and its culture, as one might expect only from its authors. Larry Wall is the inventor of Perl, and provides a unique perspective on the evolution of Perl and its future direction. Tom Christiansen was one of the first champions of the language, and lives and breathes the complexities of Perl internals as few other mortals do. Jon Orwant is the editor ofThe Perl Journal, which has brought together the Perl community as a common forum for new developments in Perl.Any Perl book can show the syntax of Perl's functions, but only this one is a comprehensive guide to all the nooks and crannies of the language. Any Perl book can explain typeglobs, pseudohashes, and closures, but only this one shows how they really work. Any Perl book can say that my is faster than local, but only this one explains why. Any Perl book can have a title, but only this book is affectionately known by all Perl programmers as "The Camel."This third edition of Programming Perl has been expanded to cover version 5.6 of this maturing language. New topics include threading, the compiler, Unicode, and other new features that have been added since the previous edition.… (more)
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Technical manual. The 'camel book' has much useful info about perl, and not just dry technical stuff. ( )
  questbird | Oct 7, 2013 |
This book has more information in the first few chapters than most entire perl books. I am a big fan of the "logically break things down to every last detail" genre of programming manuals (see The C Programming Language, Programming in Lua) and this book is one of the great examples of it. ( )
  wweisser | Jul 6, 2013 |
Excellent reference work. It was better, back in the first edition, when the programming examples were co-bound, but it's really getting so huge (all the useful libraries) I can see why they don't do that any more.

TMTOWDI! ( )
  jrep | Dec 22, 2010 |
A classic, but way too dense. It fits it's purpose of presenting a general view of the language, but i haven't learned Perl from it. Well, i don't work with Perl at all, but knowing that it is such a powerful language i might take another peek at it in the near future. Or when Perl 6 is released. ( )
  acrn | Feb 23, 2008 |
The "Camel Book" is a classic. Long Live Perl! ( )
  jdmays | Dec 15, 2007 |
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Wall, LarryAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Christiansen, TomAuthormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Christiansen, Tommain authorall editionsconfirmed
foy, brian dAuthormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Orwant, JonAuthormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Orwant, JonAuthormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Schwartz, Randal L.main authorall editionsconfirmed
Schwartz, Randal L.main authorall editionsconfirmed
Schwartz, Randal L.main authorall editionsconfirmed
Schwartz, Randal L.main authorall editionsconfirmed
Wall, LarryAuthormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Samela, JuhaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Zundel, JeanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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This is the 3rd edition of the blue camel book. Do not combine it with the pink camel book.
This is the pink camel book. Do not combine it with the blue camel. The contents are drastically different. It covers Perl 4 and not Perl 5 (which is covered by the blue camel book). The language (and hence the book) changed significantly between the two. Also the pink camel contains a number of sections which were removed in later editions.
This is the 4th edition of the blue camel book, which covers Perl 5.14. Do not combine it with the pink camel book.

In addition, please do not combine it with different editions of the blue camel book. The various editions cover different versions of Perl, cover changing material, and have different co-authors.
This is the 2nd edition of the blue camel book, which covers Perl 5. Do not combine it with the pink camel book.
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