The holiday season tends to find me writing Perl books. This time it’s the next edition of Learning Perl, last published for Perl v5.14. This time we’re targeting v5.24, and there are lots of exciting new features that we want to tell the new Perl users.
We can’t make promises at the beginning of the book, but here’s the rough idea so far:
- Goodbye, smart match. We gave it a chapter, but now it’s experimental .
- But, subroutine signatures! People are going to love those.
- So, an appendix on experimental features. Or maybe a chapter. Mostly on how to enable them.
- Removing most of the stuff that Perl has discarded without abandoning people using older versions.
- Key-value slices, and slices, and
- The double diamond operator
- New Unicode regex stuff
I’ve done this too many times to promise a release date either, but late summer wouldn’t be a bad guess. When I get the current version into something editable and fixed up, I’ll start putting out review versions somehow. I don’t know how that will work yet.