I picked up Perl Hacks at the book store the other day. I’m not going to do an in-depth review, mainly for lack of time — all I will say is that if you’re a reasonably serious Perl programmer (i.e., if at some point somebody has given you money because you knew some Perl) and you’re interested in learning more about it, this is a good use of your thirty bucks. You will get at least that much value back out of it.

For me, the book had paid for itself by the end of the first chapter, by introducing me to Pod::Webserver. This handy little dingus provides a local high-port web server for all the Perl documentation that’s stored on your computer. So, doing some coding on your laptop in a wireless-free zone and want an HTML view into perldoc? Fire this baby up and it’s all clickity-click action. Completely worth thirty smackers, that tip, at least IMO.

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