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I like the way Lincoln Stein writes. This isn't just a great book about network programming with Perl; it's also a pretty good introduction to network programming in general.
Lincoln assumes basic Perl knowledge (yet strangely includes a section on how to obtain and install it), but none of the examples should require any real expertise. The same is true on the network side: he doesn't bother with details of routing and subnetting, but does explain concepts when necessary, and explains them very well. That's what I enjoyed most about this: it's NOT just examples of how to use Perl networking modules; he explains how and why also. i
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