Many years ago, I wrote a book called Data Munging with Perl. People were kind enough to say nice things about it. A few people bought copies. I made a bit of money.
Recently I re-read it. I thought that some of it was still pretty good. There were some bits, particularly in the early chapters, that talked about general principles that are still as relevant as they were when the book was published.
There were other bits that haven’t aged quite as well. The bits where I talk about particular CPAN modules are all a bit embarrassing as Perl fashions change and newer, better modules are released. Although it was still available from Amazon, I really didn’t want people paying for it as a lot of it was really out of date.
But today I got an interesting letter from the publishers, telling me that they have taken the book out of print. And that all the rights in the book have reverted to me. Which means that I can now distribute it in any way that I like. And people don’t have to pay a lot of money for a rather out of date book.
So, you can download a PDF of the book from //perlhacks.com/dmp.pdf. Or I’ve embedded the book below.
I might even have the original documents somewhere. So if I get some spare time I might be able to produce a more reasonable ebook version (but don’t hold your breath!)
Let me know if you find it useful.
Back in 2007 the London Perl Mongers ran a free one-day Perl training course at the BBC’s offices in White City. That was five years ago, so for a couple of months I’ve been thinking that it was probably about time that we did another one.
And then suddenly this afternoon a few loose ends came together and all of a sudden it’s been organised.
The course will be on Saturday 4th August at Google Campus in London. It will run from 9am to 5pm. As last time, it will be completely free to attendees.
Last time the course was aimed at intermediate Perl programmers and introduced them to advanced Perl techniques. This time I’m aiming at the opposite of the spectrum. The course is called “Modern Perl for Non-Perl Programmers”. It’s aimed at people who are comfortable programming in languages other than Perl and who are interested in getting up to speed in Perl as quickly as possible.
Obviously most of the readers of this blog won’t be in the target audience for the course, but I’m betting that you all know at least one person who might be interested in the course. So it would be great if you could send the link to the registration page to anyone who you think would find the course useful.
The link is: perltraining.eventbrite.co.uk
Update: All of the places on this course were booked in about 20 hours. In 2007, a similarly sized free course was all booked up in about two days. I guess it’s true that Perl is dying 🙂
I’ve mentioned before that I’m running some public training courses in London next month. But how do you fancy coming along to those courses for free?
Those lovely people at O’Reilly have put an advert for the courses in the new issue of Linux Format which hits the shops about now. That’s issue 154 and the advert is on page 54. The advert contains details of a competition where two people can win free places on the two courses – one person on each course.
There are also four runner-up prizes which are copies of the new edition of the Camel book.
All you need to do is… well to find that out you’ll need to buy the magazine. Ok, so entry isn’t 100% free – you’ll need to pay £6.49 for the magazine.