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Author: Allen Downey, Laurent Rosenfeld
Audience: Beginners to programming
Reviewer: Nikos Vaggalis
Will this book really teach you how to think like a Computer Scientist?
This title comes amid a shower of announcements of forthcoming Perl 6 books, therefore I initially thought that so many releases at the same time could potentially disorient the aspiring reader. Fortunately it looks more like that each title addresses different kinds of audiences and at I Programmer we aims to find more about what’s in it for each audience.
Think Perl 6 is targeting the uninitiated in programming in general, as such it goes over the pure basics and the raw elements that make up programming as a science.
Another candidate that I can imagine, would be a scientist in a field like Physics or Data Science looking for a tool to make his job easier, or, a high school graduate looking to bootstrap his journey to the world of programming, more likely being recommended Perl 6 by someone more knowledgeable than make that choice by himself.
And, certainly 6 ought to be particularly attractive to Perl 5 hackers eager to see through the hype and discover what Perl’s version 6 has in stock for them despite the fact that apart from some similarities in symbols and syntax, everything else differs. As Larry Wall once said…