If you’re a programmer, system administrator, or web hacker just getting started with Perl, this workbook helps you gain hands-on experience with the language right away. It’s the perfect companion to the 6th Edition of Learning Perl (known as “the Llama”), which is based on the popular introductory Perl course taught by the book’s authors since 1991.
The first half of this workbook presents the exercises, with answers in the second half. The material covers Perl up to version 5.14.
brian d foy has been an instructor for Stonehenge Consulting Services since 1998, a Perl user since he was a physics graduate student, and a die-hard Mac user since he first owned a computer. He founded the first Perl user group, the New York Perl Mongers, as well as the Perl advocacy nonprofit Perl Mongers, Inc., which helped form more than 200 Perl user groups across the globe. He maintains the perlfaq portions of the core Perl documentation, several modules on CPAN, and some stand-alone scripts. He's the publisher of The Perl Review, a magazine devoted to Perl, and is a frequent speaker at conferences including the Perl Conference, Perl University, MarcusEvans BioInformatics '02, and YAPC. His writings on Perl appear in The O'Reilly Network, The Perl Journal, Dr. Dobbs, and The Perl Review, on use.perl.org, and in several Perl usenet groups.
Comments about oreilly Learning Perl Student Workbook, 2nd Edition:
This is a typical workbook that accompanies the lectures. You will find here lots of exercises related to Perl. Some of them are real brain teasers, some of them intend to show you some particular feature of Perl and some of them are just there – they don't require too much effort to solve.
When it comes to the complexity of puzzles, I think that advanced Perl developers will find this book much to easy. This is because examples are based on topics you have probably faced already in you Perl development. However, the title says it's purpose is to teach perl. And this is the place it fit bests. If you are new to Perl, solving the issues may save your time in future. Patterns found here are typical for a programming day to day routine.
The great benefit of the book lays in the solutions (they consume roughly two-thirds of the book!). And this is the point. If you don't know the answer you get complete explanation as a means of consolation.
The price is tempting as well. In fact I have bought the book with an idea behind that 4$ is not that much after all if it turns out that I wasted money. Hopefully, it was the other way round.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend