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Perl Black Book: The Most Comprehensive Perl Reference Available Today Paperback – August 14, 1999


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Product Details

  • Series: Black Book (Coriolis Group Books Paperback)
  • Paperback: 1328 pages
  • Publisher: Coriolis Group Books; Bk&CD Rom edition (August 14, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576104656
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576104651
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 2.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,468,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Steven Holzner (Cambridge, MA) is a former contributing editor for PC Magazine and has authored more than 60 books ranging in subject from assembly language to C++. His books have sold over a million copies and have been translated into 15 languages. Steven was on the faculty of Cornell University for 10 years, where he earned his Ph.D., and has also been on the faculty of his undergraduate school, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Steven Holzner is an award-winning author who has written extensively on Ajax and JavaScript. With over 100 titles published, he's sold over a million copies of his books and been translated into 16 languages. As a former faculty member of MIT and Cornell, he teaches corporate seminars around the country.

Customer Reviews

I consider this book a MUST BUY for anyone wanting to learn PERL for whatever reason.
Benjamin J. Snyder
Everything I need to know about Perl is in this book and most every question (and every derivitive) is answered in this book.
"ahknight"
It has a short narrative on a subject with many good examples to reinforce all explanations.
BRIAN K ROSSON

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 26, 2000
Format: Paperback
Perl Black Book is probably the best technical book I have ever read. This book will save you time through its organization, concise explanatory style, and content. The "Black Book" enables a programmer to quickly access information, especially keyword syntax. Each chapter begins with an overview of what will be covered including page numbers for "immediate solutions" to those problems you need a quick answer to. I don't know how many times I have spent more time than I would like sifting through pages of text looking for the correct syntax for the 'if' construct, or playing back-and-forth with the glossary trying to locate a specific function to manipulate a string. This book will help you find answers quickly. The book covers nearly every major aspect of beginning/intermediate level Perl programming in a consistent, fluent, and well-organized manner. Regular expressions, cgi programming w/ Perl, OO, and Perl/Tk are all covered. If you have an understanding of the basic elements of programming, this book serves as a valuable reference, and helps to further explain and clarify some of the more difficult aspects of the language without being too verbose. This book does not provide very many references to additional information, however.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 28, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is a fantastic perl book. It is very complete, well written, and organized in a "problem solving" fashion that makes it a valuable reference tool. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because in some areas the author doesn't provide quite enough detail about the BASICS that make the code work. I wouldn't recommend this book if you are an absolute beginner to programming, but if you have any experince at all, you should do just fine with this book. Buy it, you won't regret it.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 2, 2000
Format: Paperback
I just started learning Perl and wanted a good reference that wouldn't talk to me on the level of Perl for Dummies but also wouldn't go so high that it was pointless. I wanted real-world examples and a lot of information on data structures. This book is amazing. I've had several rather obscure questions that it has answered perfectly and a rather large amount of confustion that the author cleared up nicely. He gives great examples and walks the reader through Perl from "Hello World" to a CGI database and interacting with windowing systems (Tk and Windows). Absolutely required for a serious library.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "tall_guy" on May 27, 2000
Format: Paperback
My experience with Perl is fairly limited. I'd written several CGI scripts with the help of Elizabeth Castro's Perl/CGI For The World Wide Web, but as my needs advanced, I soon found myself yearning for a more complete reference guide.
This book proved to be just the reference that I needed. You don't want to purchase this book if you are just starting out with Perl. But it covers everything from basic programming concepts to regular expressions to advanced concepts in 1280 pages. It is the perfect reference guide for a semi-experienced Perl hacker like myself.
The O'Reilly books aren't bad ("Mastering Regular Expressions" is a must-have), but I find myself reaching for the Black Book first whenever I have a question.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin J. Snyder on January 25, 2000
Format: Paperback
After having used PERL for a few years I found the old books on my shelf were lacking in some information I wanted. I was spotted looking at this book one day and received it as a gift. I am delighted to add this to my shelf, and only wish I had bought it myself so I could have had it earlier.
Please understand that there are planty of great PERL books out there (O'Reilly comes to mind), but this book encompasses with one book what it would take to get from 4 or 5 other books.
I consider this book a MUST BUY for anyone wanting to learn PERL for whatever reason. This book rekindled my interest in PERL and I find myself using PERL more than before.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "aspology" on January 8, 2000
Format: Paperback
I recently bought this book and since then my knowledge of PERL has increased several times. Not only does this book go into detail about every single function in PERL (I think...at least the ones you would actually need in a lifetime) but it does it in a good way. On average, each function gets about a page or 2 (popular ones get a lot more). Compare that with other PERL books...1/2 a page. "Wow" was the first thing I said when I read it.
It is also very organized. The author slowly takes you through the basics until you understand, and then he walks you through the more advanced stuff.
A must-buy!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 17, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book is very comprehensive and provides fairly in-depth coverage. It has one VERY SERIOUS flaw.
Throughout the early part of the book, the author continuously makes references to future sections and chapters in his explanations. Every page or two there are examples that use concepts covered later in the book, which is very confusing to novices (I unsuccessfully used this book in a class I taught). I think it is unacceptable for an author to include "(see Chapter XX later in the book)" sometimes twice per page! This reflects a failure to tackle the challenge of how to "get a foot hold" on the information, how to organize the topics in general. Why confuse things by using topics covered in future sections/chapters? Why use regular expressions when introducing loops? I think this really detracts from the quality of the book. I bought it based on the recommendations by other reviewers, and frankly, because of this, I am disappointed.
The author also has this ongoing supposed to be "cute" story about an imaginary dialog with a "PCC" which adds nothing to the book and is annoying. These can easily be skipped by the reader, but why include them? The book uses enough trees as it is, without this dumb nonsense.
In sum, a complete and in-depth reference with a problem using "see Chapter XX" that prevents me from giving it a higher rating.
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