Richard Cobbe (email@example.com) wrote:
: giacomo boffi (firstname.lastname@example.org) wrote:
: > Richard Coleman <email@example.com> writes:
: > > What's make tcl/tk and perl good languages is that they are general
: > > purpose hammers.
: > may i add that their developers apparently love to write good
: > documentation?
: I disagree. I own copies of both the Camel and Llama books. The
I expect that giacomo was referring to the free documentation
that is included with the perl distribution.
wc -l *.pod
Tells me there are 27164 lines of it.
At 66 lines a page, that is over 400 pages. And it's free!
grepping in there answers about 90% of the questions I get...
: first one, "Learning Perl", does a decent job as a language
: introduction. The second book, I think, tries to be both a tutorial
: and a reference manual. This has the result that it does neither
: well. There's too much information, and it's too dense, so it's not a
: good tutorial/intro. Plus, the material isn't organized in a very
: useful or findable fashion, so it's not particularly useful as a
: reference. (Yes, I know about the chapter containing function
: definitions; I'm referring mostly to syntactic rules, regexps, file
: operators, and so forth.)
Tad McClellan SGML Consulting
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