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Beginning Perl, Second Edition 2nd Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
introduction to the Perl programming language, version 5.8.3. The flow
of the book is logical, straightforward, and highly readable. Text is
heavily sprinkled with program examples that the reader can easily try
out along the way, as well as exercises at the end of most chapters,
with solutions in the appendix. Chapters are short, clear, and
After a brief discussion of the history of Perl and a listing of
numerous helpful online resources, the book quickly moves on to the
logistics of running a Perl program, followed by descriptions of basic
program elements and control flow. Then it's ahead to more
sophisticated data elements - lists, arrays, and hashes - and finally
functions and subroutines.
After a solid and seemingly effortless explanation of these "basics,"
the book moves to one of the most powerful features in Perl - regular
expressions - and how these can be used to access files and data. From
there, the discussion expands to string processing and references. The
book concludes with discussions of more "advanced" Perl features,
including object-orientation, modules, and use with webservers and
Regardless of topic, the writing style stays crisp, clear, and
example-filled, making this book a highly effective and enjoyable way to
get a jump-start into Perl programming for the novice or a quick
refresher for the expert wanting a Perl 5 update.
The book covers the entire topic of Perl from the basics of writing a script, through functions, modules, and into object oriented programming. It also covers vital community information such as the use of CPAN.
If you have not read Programming Perl then I believe you should start there. But if you find that book has too much of a learning curve then I would recommend this book or Learning Perl (O'Reilly.)
But having said that, if you've written in any other programming language, then you'll breeze through a lot of the texr. It's just a question of picking up Perl's syntax.
Where things might get slightly hairy are when references are discussed. Like in C or C++, some beginners find this awkward. It's been mentioned by others that in general, in computing, one of the dividing lines in understanding is the topic of references (and pointers). It doesn't seem to be a strong function of how well an author explains it, but more of the student's intrinsic aptitude for the field.
Hopefully, you will find Lee's explanations lucid.
I give 4 starts to the book because the chapter where describes how to download the DBI, CGI and other modules, it didn't work for me, and this is the only part of the book I found a little confuse. In order to download all the modules you need, simply follow this rules:
- Type "ppm" in the command line
- Type "install DBI"
- Type "install CGI"
- Type "install DBD-mysql"
- And finally type "quit"
As well you can downloads from the "apachefriend" website the complete installation of Perl, MySql, etc. All these process is very straightforward and you are ready to go.
The second reason why I didn't give 5 stars is because I was expecting an appendix with the references for the most common methods of the CGI module to create HTML tags, but it doesn't have anything, just what is in the chapter and that is not enough.
This is definitely a book for beginners (just like me) and I strongly recommend it. I enjoyed my experience studying with this book, and now I want go further with a more advanced book. I wish the authors could write a second episode of Perl.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book is good in writing, and covers major perl languages for programming.
However, after reading the book and comparing against other books/trainings, I find this... Read more
This is an awesome product. I would recommend it to all people trying to learn perl. It it was very helpful.Published on September 21, 2011 by JJoJoJo
I found this book by accident in a used book store. I have the older edition by Cozens and Wainwright. The book (and Perl!) doesn't have too much of a learning curve. Read morePublished on April 19, 2011 by Praveen Narayanan
Starts out with the basics and builds upon them in a logical manner. Definitely proving itself useful this semester.Published on February 6, 2011
While I have worked in IT/Tech for many years in a variety of supporting and management roles, I confess that Perl is my first programming language. Read morePublished on August 8, 2009 by Joe S. Swick
I read this on a kindle 2.
This book is great for learning Perl. Before reading this book I knew C++ so I knew about programming but I didn't have experience with a... Read more