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Not the guide most beginners would need
on December 9, 2012
I tried to use this as a guide to get started using Perl. My intro to programming was in C++ (I use it casually, am not a pro) so when I needed to pick up some Perl I thought something with "Beginning" in the title might be the ticket. Not the case.
I found several examples in the first several chapters that warranted deeper explanation; instead, VERY subtle (but nonetheless critical) concepts were glossed over. Sometimes things that seem "really just that simple" are in reality more complicated than a superficial explanation would lead the novice to believe. Guess what: that leads to misunderstanding and frustration further down the road.
Not to say it wouldn't work for others, but it sure was not the guide I needed.