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Beginning Perl (Programmer to Programmer) 1st Edition
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Update 04-24-08: I will likely be dusting this book off and bring it in to work. The notes I wrote in it make it invaluable to me. There is a new version too. UltraEdit is a great text editor and only costs $50 for the latest and greatest text version of the program.
I spent a year with the book and went through almost every chapter in detail. I typed in nearly every chapter, wrote notes in the book, etc.
It's not perfect and falls a little short occasionally in the area of being pro-active. By this I mean there are some areas where the author could have emphasized things a bit more.
Also, he makes it seem like learning PERL is a breeze. I found it a lot of work after spending 2000 hrs with the book. I can can code pretty well and consider myself an intermediate non-professional. This language is an outstanding way to learning advanced programming techniques common to all languages. It is also something I will use as I move from windows 2k/xp to Mac OS X Tiger - which has perl built in and is accessible through the Terminal.app window.Read more ›
Unfortunately, it doesn't cover the Perl debugger in any depth. Despite the fact that coverage is a bit old, it is quite adequate to get started and be very comfortable with the language. I wish it was available on Kindle.
"how could the other writers not include this essential information?" This an essential Perl reference for the beginner or experienced user. I just wish this had been my first Perl rather than my fifteenth.
It is suitable for one semester course in Perl. Version covered is Perl 5.8 not 5.10. Some issues covered such as dereferencing of arguments in subroutines are rarely covered even in intermediate books. This is definitely much better and cheaper book then Learning Perl (ignore the lemmings effect in Amazon reviews of this pretty weak book).
The strong point of the book is the set of examples (you can download them) which illustrates basic material of each chapter. Running them is a must for studying Perl with this book.
Examples are often overcomplicated (like most Perl books authors Simon Cozen tries to impress reader with his knowledge of intricacies of Perl and often loses the sense of proportion; but he is not as bad as Randal Schwartz who is a pathological "overcomplicator" ;-). Still they are very helpful in understanding the language. A very useful exercise that I successfully tried with my students is the simplification of examples provided.
The book is the best for programmers moving from other languages then to "plain vanilla" beginners. It might be also useful for Unix system administrators who know Unix shell reasonably well.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book, Simon taught me a language I use nearly every day, can't recommend enough!Published 21 months ago by Leonard Schulwitz
Covers early Perl and is , I believe, more informative than books covering more recent Perl versions, and more in depth where newer books assume you already know perl.Published on January 7, 2013 by tomaschevskii
I'm an amateur programmer hoping to upgrade my skills and coming back to Perl after years of doing other stuff. Cozens has written a comprehensive introduction to the topic. Read morePublished on March 22, 2011 by Big Bad John
This is a good book which is a unique mix of intro and intermediate material. It is now also available as electronic edition including Kindle Edition from Amazon. Read morePublished on July 1, 2009 by kievite