Modern Perl: The Book: The (draft) PDF

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Update: Modern Perl: the book is out! Skip the draft and download the real thing.

I've finished writing and editing Modern Perl: The Book, and it's gone into production, which means that Onyx Neon is preparing a print-ready PDF to give to the printers. The book should be available in print by the end of October, if not sooner.

I've just uploaded Modern Perl: The Almost-Ready-for-the-Printer PDF for your perusal. We have yet to do line and page breaking, and we'll probably fix a few typos and conversion artifacts, but I figured that so many people have contributed (oh, and I need to add a CREDITS page for everyone who's helped!) that a few more might welcome the chance to see how the book will look in print.

Please do not redistribute this PDF, as it'll keep changing as we find and fix more little problems. Feel free to pass on a link to this page. We'll make a very nice PDF after the book goes to print, and we'll have an epub version as well. I'll put those under a friendly license once the publisher gets a few things set up.

Feel free to contact me directly with comments, questions, or concerns. As usual, the best place to report a problem with the content of the book is the Modern Perl book Github repository, but you can also email me directly (

Thanks again for all of your help.

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Hi chromatic (and all),

Thanks for all your work on the Modern Perl book. I've gone over an early draft on github, fixed some problems in the text (and I hope you've merged my changes - I can check that using git), and thought that while it didn't teach me a lot new, it was an accurate and useful book for beginners and can heartily recommend it to people who wish to learn Perl 5.

I'd like to feature the book on the Perl beginners' site once it is published and licensed more liberally. It would be a useful addition to the "Perl for Perl Newbies" series and "Impatient Perl" book that are featured there, as well as Simon Cozens' old "Beginning Perl" book. If there's anything I can do to speed up the process, let me know and I may find some spare time for that. All things considered, I still have a day job (doing Perl - :-) ) now.

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