SPUG: Higher-Order Perl, 43% off at bookpool.com

Andrew Sweger andrew at sweger.net
Sun Mar 20 16:51:41 PST 2005

Bookpool.com is having a sale on open source related books. Notably, MJD's
upcoming Higher-Order Perl: A Guide to Program Transformation published by
Morgan Kaufmann (now Elsevier) is on sale for $33.95. The publisher says
it was available 14 March 2005, but bookpool.com says they are taking
pre-orders for the title. The same book is also listed as $37.77, 37% off,
at amazon.com. Amazon.com says two to three weeks to ship.

Does anyone know of better, local deals on this title?

Bookpool.com: http://www.bookpool.com/sm/1558607013
Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1558607013/qid=1111365801/sr=8-1/ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i1_xgl14/102-7626508-8889767?v=glance&s=books&n=507846

Book description:

    Most Perl programmers were originally trained as C and Unix
    programmers, so the Perl programs that they write bear a strong
    resemblance to C programs. However, Perl incorporates many features
    that have their roots in other languages such as Lisp. These advanced
    features are not well understood and are rarely used by most Perl
    programmers, but they are very powerful. They can automate tasks in
    everyday programming that are difficult to solve in any other way. One
    of the most powerful of these techniques is writing functions that
    manufacture or modify other functions. For example, instead of writing
    ten similar functions, a programmer can write a general pattern or
    framework that can then create the functions as needed according
    to the pattern. For several years Mark Jason Dominus has worked to
    apply functional programming techniques to Perl. Now Mark brings
    these flexible programming methods that he has successfully taught
    in numerous tutorials and training sessions to a wider audience.

     - Introduces powerful programming methods -- new to most Perl
       programmers -- that were previously the domain of computer scientists
     - Gradually builds up confidence by describing techniques of
       progressive sophistication
     - Shows how to improve everyday programs and includes numerous
       engaging code examples to illustrate the methods

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