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Perl From the Ground Up

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Average Customer Rating: 2.75

Customer Rating: 3
Summary: Good basics but example code very buggy!
Comment: The book starts off very well, and gives a good grounding in PERL, but is badly let down by very buggy example scripts. You can type them in exactly as printed and get pages of error messages. I was also less than impressed with the Windows NT / Unix information, which doesn't point out the myriad of facilities which do not work in the NT version of PERL (Ping, for example is supposed to work, but as of August 1998 relies on an alarm function which is not implemented in PERL for Windows NT. To be brutal, PERL's own HTML pages have been more helpful once I got beyond chapter four.

Customer Rating: 4
Summary: Rough, but a different perspective
Comment: I found this book to be a great supplement to Learning Perl which is quite terse to rely on alone. Granted, this book is dated and has some typos, but also has very good examples and wording is clear.
Not a costly book since it's out of print-- well worth a read for the enthusiastic novice.

Customer Rating: 4
Summary: Its true
Comment: The book cover boasts 'Open this Book as a Novice and Finish it as a Pro'. The book has excellent material on the fundamentals and examples that work. The language basics are easy to understand and implement. The book covers enought object oriented concepts to get you started. There is minimal coverage of regular expressions, so get outside reading on this powerful Perl feature. Open this book, and write code that works.