Update: Modern Perl: the book is out! Skip the draft and download the real thing.
Last week at YAPC I finished editing the draft of Modern Perl: The Book.
I'm pleased with how it's turned out, but I'm not yet ready to hit the "Ship it to stores!" button. In particular, I could use your help:
- Is the material accurate?
- Is the material effective in its explanations?
- Are any parts confusing?
- Is the material comprehensive?
- Are there typos or infelicities?
- Are the cross references appropriate?
- Is the organization and order sensible?
You can always render the latest version of the book from a Github checkout by running
perl build/tools/build_chapters.pl and
perl build/tools/build_html.pl. You must install Pod::PseudoPod to build the HTML. The easiest way to install
Pod::PseudoPod is to install cpanminus, either with your packaging system or with commands like:
cd ~/bin wget http://xrl.us/cpanm chmod +x cpanm
I've also uploaded the file to the drafts section of this website.
I welcome any and all feedback. You're more than welcome to contact me directly, but the easiest mechanism for me to receive feedback is in the form of bug reports, patches, and pull requests on Github. Please feel free to add your contact information to the CREDITS file if you prepare a patch, even for the simplest typo. Gratitude is important and I have much to share.
We plan to send the book to the printer sometime in August, and we'll certainly make PDFs and ePub versions available as well. For now, please don't redistribute the book; please instead distribute links to the book.
The draft chapters are:
- The Perl Philosophy
- Perl and Its Community
- The Perl Language
- Regular Expressions
- Stylish Perl
- Writing Real Programs
- Perl Beyond Syntax
- What to Avoid
- What's Missing