Perl publishing and attracting new developers

Kent Fredric kentfredric at
Wed Sep 18 18:26:17 BST 2013

On 19 September 2013 03:04, Nicholas Clark <nick at> wrote:

> Maybe "everyone" already feels that they know Perl well enough to blag an
> interview.

Maybe an interesting, and uniquely disruptive topic for a book could be
"You don't know Perl" ( or something along those lines ), a book with a
similar intent to Modern Perl, ... but targeted explicitly at people who
think they know Perl, but aren't really part of the perl community, people
who learnt Perl from reading horrible scripts that have been copy pasted
around the internet.

A refresher book, a book explicitly for the purpose of communicating things
that have come of age since before 5.14 , the new jazz, the new stuff.

Sort of like a less formal, and less outdated PBP.

It would be even really ideal if we waited to 5.20, because 5.20 is a nice
round number.

Then maybe a less disruptive title that mimics other existing publications
like "Perl 5.20 for Perl Programmers" or something like that.

Though for a title like that to really have weight and to get the ball
rolling, getting it published by one of the major publishers would probably
be helpful, due to chicken-egg.  ( ie: People who already have perl
literature by a given publisher are more likely to be aware of, and acquire
newer literature by the same publisher, because brand identity has a part
to play in reputability )


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