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Beginning Perl (Expert's Voice in Open Source) Paperback – April 13, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1430227939 ISBN-10: 1430227931 Edition: 3rd

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  • Series: Expert's Voice in Open Source
  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 3 edition (April 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430227931
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430227939
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,171,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

James Lee is a hacker and open-source advocate based in Illinois. He holds a master's degree from Northwestern University, and he can often be seen rooting for the Wildcats during football season. As founder of Onsight, Lee has worked as a programmer, trainer, manager, writer, and open-source advocate. Lee coauthored Hacking Linux Exposed, Second Edition, as well as Open Source Web Development with LAMP. He enjoys hacking Perl and has written many articles on Perl for Linux Journal. Lee also enjoys developing software for the Web, reading, traveling and, most of all, playing with his kids, who are too young to know why dad's favorite animals are penguins and camels.

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The book is also structured poorly.
Surajit A. Bose
Sometimes things that seem "really just that simple" are in reality more complicated than a superficial explanation would lead the novice to believe.
Cable
Beginning Perl can be doubly recommended for beginners and those with some Perl experience.
Michael Morgan

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By B. Ware on May 6, 2010
Format: Paperback
I use this book all the time, as I did the previous edition. It's the book I turn to for all my Perl questions. Full disclosure: I know the author, but I'm no Perl expert. I qualify as a beginner (esp. since every time I use Perl, it's six months since the last time, and I have to start over).

I emailed him to ask about the Perl 5.10 on the cover and apparently that was something the publisher did without checking with him. He didn't know about it until the book was out and it was too late to do anything about it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Morgan on February 28, 2013
Format: Paperback
Beginning Perl, Review by C.J. Scheppers
February 21st, 2013

Beginning Perl, 3rd edition by James Lee, an Apress publication

Beginning Perl, Review by C.J. Scheppers

January 30, 2013

This reviewer has some prior Perl experience, having read other
Perl textbooks and written Perl scripts for about seven years.
Just as Larry Wall's Perl prides itself on the ability to
accomplish a task in many ways, textbooks on Perl can start in
many places, explore any number of paths through the material
and reach a useful, if not complete, grasp of the subject.

Beginning Perl is offered as an introduction to Perl and an
advanced Perl reference; it delivers on both. Mr. Lee's
Introduction gets the new Perl programmer off to a great start,
from understanding where Perl resides amongst other programming
languages to being able to hold your own at cocktail parties,
complete with some Perl jokes.

In the first dozen pages, this reviewer learned as many new
programming techniques or better ways of understanding his
previously written code. A more experienced programmer will
appreciate the Perl syntax presented in this book by the way Mr.
Lee formats his statements into more logically readable forms.
The reader will be frequently enlightened to see why statements
are written the way they are. Syntax will come more naturally to
the beginner and experienced alike.

The beginner might not get off to as rapid of a start
with this book because of the greater amount of background
information presented but momentum builds throughout the book.
Exercises demonstrate the material initially and soon thereafter
useful scripts follow.
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I know some Perl. This book provided a basic education. The exercises help me hon my skills. I recommend it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cable on December 9, 2012
Format: Paperback
I tried to use this as a guide to get started using Perl. My intro to programming was in C++ (I use it casually, am not a pro) so when I needed to pick up some Perl I thought something with "Beginning" in the title might be the ticket. Not the case.

I found several examples in the first several chapters that warranted deeper explanation; instead, VERY subtle (but nonetheless critical) concepts were glossed over. Sometimes things that seem "really just that simple" are in reality more complicated than a superficial explanation would lead the novice to believe. Guess what: that leads to misunderstanding and frustration further down the road.

Not to say it wouldn't work for others, but it sure was not the guide I needed.
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