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Perl Black Book: The Most Comprehensive Perl Reference Available Today Paperback – August 14, 1999
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This and Perl Cookbook are rich with high frequency examples which keep you on your toes and give out the code in a very simple and progressive manner... Read morePublished 10 months ago by efrankamo
This is not a very new book and is out of print. That said, it has a lot of great information and examples that will help you get up and running quickly and help you broaden what... Read morePublished on February 5, 2014 by RDJMS
I've gone through a few perl books, and they have gone over concepts a bit too quickly. The Black Book moves through concepts more completely and with multiple examples which... Read morePublished on April 28, 2013 by General Anders
I bought this as an updated version. I quit writing perl 3 years ago; switched to PHP (shouldn't everyone?). Read morePublished on December 25, 2010 by jwzumwalt
This has been a tremendous reference book. This book will help you find answers quickly. It is very well indexed, and it covers most of the subjects that a Perl jockey would run in... Read morePublished on February 25, 2010 by Glenn O. Pringle
Steven Holzner has written many, many tech teach/reference books, but his Perl Blackbook is by far the best. Read morePublished on February 1, 2006 by Michael Preslar
This book can be used to learn Perl, the format goes through beginning topics very nicely, and then gets you working on tougher topics very quickly. Read morePublished on July 28, 2004 by S. Pow Jr.
When I discovered Perl, I was a C++ programmer. I wanted to more easily manipulate textual data, and let's face it, cgi programs are just not the happenin deal when it comes to web... Read morePublished on July 19, 2004 by Some Guy