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Modern Perl Programming

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Average Customer Rating: 3.75

Customer Rating: 5
Summary: From the author
Comment: I wrote this book to fill in the gap between those Perl books which were too advanced and those Perl books which were too elementary. This is the perfect book for you if you are new to Perl. The style of the book is to explain concepts by giving simple details and by following these details with clear and complete Perl programs. So that the book would also have appeal for all Perl programmers, there are also many advanced topics in the book which are generally not covered in an introductory text. These include Web Programming (CGI), Database Programming (DBI) and Graphical User Interface Programming (using Tk).

Customer Rating: 3
Summary: Incomplete Index, errors, some material not fully explained
Comment: During the last halve chapters of the book the author started to scurry through topics too quickly. I understand that he was trying to write a book that was not too advanced but I was irritated at new syntax and processes introduced in examples but not fully explained. This was my first Perl book. I admit I did like the book alot in the beginning. But when I began to practice code and needed to look up a keyword or special character I found there was no appendix for characters and keywords and scarcely an index at all. I had to thumb through the book each and every time I wanted to find "where I had read about" something.

Customer Rating: 2
Summary: Unneccesarily Complicated Examples
Comment: I am a technical trainer and had the unfortunate task of teaching a Perl class using this book. I found this book to cover all of the essentials though not do it well.

In my opinion the author does not explain the details of the different functions of Perl he just assumes you know them and starts using them. He also starts using functions in early examples without first explaining what the function does. How can you learn arrays when his example has looping though he hasnt explained it yet? His examples are unneccesarily complex and could be written simply to get the same point accross.

A much better book is 'Teach Yourself Perl in 24 Hours' Second Edition by Clinton Pierce. Get it and get programming with Perl today.