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Perl 5 by Example offers a reasonably-paced introduction to programming in Perl at a level accessible to readers with no prior programming experience. Especially valuable for readers who learned HTML on their own and now want to try more sophisticated Web programming, Perl 5 by Example starts with the basics--what are literals, variables, functions, and so forth--and advances through using Perl with CGI, to process Web-based forms, for instance. David Medinets includes numerous notes, tips, and cross-references that can help novice programmers avoid getting tripped up by common mistakes or misunderstandings.

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With thousands of sites popping up on the Internet each week, this is the perfect time to stock up on beginning-level books for Internet programming! Readers will learn how to handle CGI and Internet programming! - Contains more examples than any other Perl book on the market

- Written by a professional Webmaster with a large library of Perl scripts used as examples throughout the book

- CD-ROM contains a Perl shareware application for all platforms available, Perl scripts, and all of the source code from the book

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 670 pages
  • Publisher: Que (January 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789708663
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789708663
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,574,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Golden Lion VINE VOICE on October 18, 1999
Format: Paperback
I am a Professional Perl Programmer. My site is David Nishimoto's Perl Page. I've read the 'Perl by Example' book many times and find it to be one of the best written books for perl. I like the book because it takes the reader - concept by concept through the Perl Language. The large number of examples helps demonstrate how the language syntax behaves. My experience in teaching perl is that examples are very helpful in understanding syntax. Once a programmer understands the Perl Language, Perl Function modules can be created to insulate some of the complexity of the language. Perl's substitution, match, and translate grammers are explained very well in the book. I valued the explainations on user defined functions and built in functions. The 'Perl by Example' book finishes with a discussion of CGI and interface with the http server, also very valueable. The book keeps the reader enthused about learning Perl by building from simple concepts to more advanced concepts through the document. I feel comfortable in recommending this book as a valuable Perl resource.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Cory Walker on January 4, 2000
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Finally! An author that knows how important examples really are. This book does not lie -- it contains many, many sample Perl scripts readers can trace through.
There are appropriate questions and exercises at the end of each chapter. A CD with source code is included.
The author is wonderful with his writing, and each sample script is commonly explained line by line.
I don't understand why everybody likes those O'Reilly books so much more than this. I couldn't find one error in it (at least not yet). I'd rather have this one book and get everything I need instead of buying an arsenal of those O'Reilly's.... They don't even come with CD's and they're written in the worst paper ever invented with the smallest print possible.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 30, 1999
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Perl 5 by example is the best Perl book I've studied. I use the Perl 5 book along with the 'CGI For Windows' book to teach an internet/multimedia class, at an University level. 'Perl 5 by example' has an excellent teaching format: Definition, explaination, and hundreds of sample code fragments, to illustrate the point. 'Perl 5 by example' combines beginning concepts, intermediate, and advance perl programming practices. One of the most valueable sections in 'Perl 5 by example' is the creating reports section. The second most valueable section is the regular expression explaination. I keep the 'Perl 5 by example' book close as a valueable language reference. Database is also a key interest for me. Combining perl with sybase and using the reporting capability helps students start learning how to create enterprise wide solutions. Write to me for details on some of the perl projects that were created using the book. Upon studing this book and reader should have the knowledge to write numerous cgi scripts, create perl modules, and understand at an intermediate level the perl language.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 11, 2000
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I have been perl programming for a little over 2 years now, and this is the _best_ book I've found for beginning to intermediate programming. The O'Reilly books, even the "Learning Perl" book doesn't give the reader enough examples, nor are the explanations aimed toward the new programmer. Perl5 By Example does a fantastic job of explaining the examples given, and doing so in terms a new programmer would understand.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Francisco J. Reyes on October 10, 2001
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Very good book for someone starting from Scratch. Have given it to a couple of my employees and within a week they were productive and had already done a few programs.
As a new Perl user myself, don't know how good it is for advanced users, but for beginners it is very good.
The topics on hand are clearly explained and the examples for each topic are usefull and easy to use.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 17, 2001
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I am a professional PERL programmer and I find that this book is still very usefull as a reference. It is an excellent primer for people who don't have formal training in programming. I have recommended it several times to non-programmers and have gotten many thanks for the referal.
Typically I'm an O'Reilly fan but if you are trying to decide between "Learning PERL" or this book... buy THIS BOOK. Inside it's intended scope this book is the best reference you can currently buy.
Even if you don't need the programming introduction you can still reference the excellant Regular Expressions Chapters and the amazing Appendicies and Index.
This book will take you from a novice to an intermediate PERL programmer. For that I give this book 5 stars. If you need to do advanced PERL programming this book is still a good reference... but you are looking for another book then.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 27, 2002
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I agree with fellow reviewer, James Tolley from NYC, I honestly don't understand how this book got such high ratings. I read with amazement other reviews by people who claim to be programmers, they must be pals of the author. I will itemize in detail where I find problems with this book:
1)
This book is riddled with typos and errors. Not a good thing when you are trying to learn something new. The book leads you astray. To the authors credit, he has published his book on a web site and it seems to be much better than the printed book. But then, why would you BUY the book? The good news is that the book provides nice wide margins so you can note the typos and make corrections.
2)
Examples of perl scripts (hence, Perl 5 by EXAMPLE) are all through the book and at first glance it looks like a great way to learn. Problem is, I've just found 2 examples (one right after the other) that don't even work as examples for what was taught. In chapter 5 we are learning about the "my" and "local" functions. I took the examples provided (from the Web site, mind you) and ran them with the "my" and with the "local" operators in them and they ran great. But then I removed them and the script produced the same result. So what was the point?
3)
This book offers review questions at the end of each chapter. The answers to the review questions are provided at the end of the book in Appendix A. That's good. However, in my opinion, the review questions aren't nearly as important as the review exercises that follow the questions at the end of every chapter. The exercises are where you are asked to write perl programs to reinforce what you learned in the chapter you just read. There are no answers to these all important exercises.
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