perrin at apotheon.com
Fri Dec 14 12:24:36 PST 2007
On Fri, Dec 14, 2007 at 01:46:17AM -0600, Joshua Isom wrote:
> On Dec 14, 2007, at 1:12 AM, Chad Perrin wrote:
> >For the record . . . title changes for new editions like that annoy me.
> >It can make it pretty difficult at times trying to determine whether or
> >not I'm about to buy a duplicate. The switch from Learning Perl
> >References, and Modules to Intermediate Perl was another example of
> >sort of annoyance.
> Perhaps you should look in /usr/local/lib/perl5/5.8.8/pod, which from
> my experience, has been better than any book I've ever seen for perl.
> Try running `perldoc perlintro` and `perldoc perllol`. With exceptions
> such as "old standard" languages, most free documentation that comes
> with the interpreter/compiler tends to be better than any book. A
> print out of perl's documentation would be far more valuable than
> almost any perl book on the market.
I use the hell out of perldoc. There was a time when I wanted to read
the latest edition of PORM, aka Intermediate Perl, though, in part
because of the presentation of information (and not just the information
itself). I also find it a lot easier to read huge chunks of technical
text in dead tree format than on-screen, and easier to read bound books
than printed pages (to say nothing of the cost of replacing toner and
drum in my laser printer if I use it all up printing out perldoc pages).
> Although I haven't looked much into any FreeBSD book, I wouldn't be
> surprised at all if FreeBSD's documentation combined with
> freebsd-questions would outweigh it.
Yes and no. For some purposes, it's easier to find what I need with
something like The Complete FreeBSD than freebsd-questions. For others,
freebsd-questions makes it easier. I'm not a "One True Answer" kind of
guy when it comes to different means of researching -- I prefer to use
the method best suited to what I need at a given moment.
CCD CopyWrite Chad Perrin [ http://ccd.apotheon.org ]
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