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Automating Windows With Perl

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Average Customer Rating: 2.62

Customer Rating: 1
Summary: Where's the beef?
Comment: Such a promising title, too bad it fails to deliver.

This book is pure fluff. Don't waste your money on it.

Customer Rating: 1
Summary: An amateur, who got no help from his editors
Comment: Rather than showing you how to use OLE or COM directly and extensively from Perl, as I had hoped, the book's main point seems to be that you can call VB macros from Perl. It offers little help in learning VB or the Windows-specific features in Perl.

To his credit, his approach is very Perl-like: Use Perl as a glue language to bring other elements together to do work for you. However, the book does little to teach you how. I was very disappointed.

Customer Rating: 5
Summary: In defense of the book
Comment: This book is not a reference book, and the reviews here trashing it do not take that into account. Anyone can colate the reference manuals into a book, but the author's point is to give real-world experience about using Perl on Windows systems to solve problems and make both administration and software development easier. The specific goal of this book is to show how Perl can be used as a natural part of a complete Windows toolkit, through real-world examples of projects and how-to information which shows how to get things done with Perl.