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1. Introduction: Becoming a Master > What It Means to Be a Master

What It Means to Be a Master

This book takes a different tone from Learning Perl and Intermediate Perl, which we designed as tutorial books. Those mostly cover the details of the Perl language and only a little on the practice of programming. Mastering Perl, however, puts more responsibility on you, the reader.

Now that you’ve made it this far in Perl, you’re working on your ability to answer your own questions and figure out things on your own, even if that’s a bit more work than simply asking someone. The very act of doing it yourself builds your experience as well as not annoying your coworkers.

Although I don’t cover other languages in this book, like Advanced Perl Programming, First Edition, by Sriram Srinivasan (O’Reilly) and Mastering Regular Expressions by Jeffrey Friedl (O’Reilly) do, you should learn some other languages. This informs your Perl knowledge and gives you new perspectives, some that make you appreciate Perl more and others that help you understand its limitations.


  

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