It is very recommended to
read this book from beginning to end without jumping chapters because
every chapter presents better ways to do previously explained code.
It is recommended to read before "Learning Perl" or the Llama book.
Chapter 2 - Building Larger Programs
Here are explained the packages, method to include them and how to divide the program in parts using "do".
Chapter 3 - Introduction to References
References clarified, explained with many examples are References to Array and Hashes.
Chapter 4 - References and Scoping
More examples on how to use references and how to manage anonymous data structures.
Chapter 5 - Manipulating Complex Data Structures
Teaches how to use the debugger to examine complex data structures using Data::Dumper and how to read the output of the debugger into a program with Storable module.
Chapter 6 - Subroutine References
All is well organized, after explaining an introduction to references it is explained References to Subroutines (coderef). Like with anonymous data structures, you can create anonymous subroutines with Perl and returning subroutines from other subroutines.
Chapter 7 - Practical Reference Tricks
At this point you will learn about the sorting efficiently strategies and how to optimize the task with the "sort" operator.
Chapter 8 - Introduction to Objects
It begins from the most basic classes, describing
advanced use of classes and difference between -> and :: in method
Explains the "bless" operator, creates objects, instance of classes and how they work in simple examples with many member variables. You understand object constructors, differences between using Classes or Objects and how you implement encapsulation.
Chapter 10 - Object Destruction
It is important to know when an object gets destroyed because you would need to take cleanup actions, for that exists the DESTROY method that is automatically called when the Object dies.
It begins with simple examples
and goes to Nested Object Destruction, the %REGISTRY variable and instructive
examples to analyze.
Use of UNIVERSAL class, the class from which all objects are derived, its "isa" method (test if the class is a member of a given class) and "can" methods (test if the class has a specified method) available in all the objects:
This chapter also presents
the AUTOLOAD method, explains the use of Class::MethodMaker CPAN module,
Chapter 12 - Using Modules
This chapter explains how to use and write our own modules.
Chapter 13 - Writing a Distribution
Creating a distribution is what you need if you want to incorporate in your module installation information, documentation, know if there are missing files needed by the module, testing features and verify the correct operation of the module (make test) and c language interfaces.
Chapter 14 - Essential Testing
What to test ? How to test ? Randal gives an introduction to testing the perl modules we create and how to use Test::Simple or Test::More modules.
Chapter 15 - Contributing to CPAN
If you create a new module and do want to share it with the world to help others with your creation, what you need is CPAN, the Comprehensive Perl Archive Network. You will learn how to prepare your distribution, upload, announce and get it tested by other developers in all kind of platforms.