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Creating Cool Web Pages With Perl

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Average Customer Rating: 4

Customer Rating: 2
Summary: It contains some good text, but has a bad writing style.
Comment: The book has information, but far too often it glosses over important points, sometimes even rudely ("I would like to help you, but I'm a forms guy.") Formatting is inconsistet. Errors are not infrequent (like the diagram showing HTTP requests as client -> CGI -> server on p50.) Bad organization left me wondering for chapters about topics introduced and left unexplored. This is not, IMO, a book for beginners to programming. And on a personal note, the title is insipid and the font unbalanced.

Customer Rating: 5
Summary: i rate this 4 and a half
Comment: ok i just started perl and this is my first perl book. note: its a little old(1996) k

Customer Rating: 4
Summary: A good book for getting started with CGI & Perl
Comment: This book succeeds in accomplishing what it sets out to do-get beginners started with Perl CGI programming. It did that for me. The writing style is folksy and easy to read. There are plenty of examples and most of the explanations are clear. I don't give it a 10 because there are a couple of drawbacks.

At times, too many new concepts are mixed together in the code examples and presented to the reader to sort out on his or her own. I think this is forgivable considering that the author was under space constraints. In the end, I was able to sort out all the examples. The other drawback is that there are a number of errors in the program listings. This problem, however, is well addressed at the book's web site ( where fixes, updates and links to other Perl resources are posted.

The web site adds a great deal of value to the book. One of its best features is the bulletin board where you can communicate with the author. He was very responsive to my questions.

No, the book isn't perfect, but yes, I recommend it.