- Series: Interactive Course
- Paperback: 860 pages
- Publisher: Waite Group Pr (November 1, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1571691138
- ISBN-13: 978-1571691132
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 2.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,132,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Perl 5 Interactive Course: Certified Edition Paperback – November 1, 1997
Perl is an extremely powerful language that is used on thousands of Web servers for Common Gateway Interface (CGI) scripts, principally because of its unmatched text manipulation capabilities. However, mastering the syntax of Perl is legendarily difficult with its Unix legacy, which favors cryptic--though efficient--syntax. Jon Orwant's Perl 5 Interactive Course is an excellent tutorial for learning the basics of Perl quickly. It lays a foundation and then builds on it to make you a Perl expert.
First, the book outlines the basics of creating and running Perl scripts. (Though this is a Unix-centered approach, the examples will run on Windows NT as well.) Early in the text, the author introduces variables, both scalar and arrays, and basic programming statements (such as conditional statements and looping). He presents the rudiments of using regular expressions and basic Perl metacharacters and commands for searching and replacing text in manageable increments. The author also does a good job of showing how Perl can work together effectively with other Unix commands, such as files and pipes, and operating features, such as processes.
The book is less successful at exposing the intricacies of object-oriented Perl (a difficult topic). However, it is good at explaining some of the pitfalls of Perl programming, including debugging. Other interesting chapters explain topics such as where Perl programming fits into the Internet and why Perl will likely continue to play an important role on the Web. Chapters throughout this book are short and sweet and include simple exercises so that readers can try out Perl on their own. Although no single book can make you into a Perl guru, this tutorial can start you on your way to becoming a competent Perl developer.
From the Publisher
Each chapter of Perl 5 Interactive Course, Certified Edition introduces a new suite of programs, actually guiding the reader through the creation of an Internet Movie Service step-by-step. No other book on the market uses this completely interactive approach to learning Perl nor offers actual Continuing Education Units from a well-known, accredited university. Provides the opportunity to earn 3 Continuing Education Units from Marquette University Updated edition covers the latest version of Perl Web-based components include online mentors to answer specific questions, interactive testing for immediate feedback, discussion groups for student interaction and more CD-ROM includes Microsoft Internet Explorer, the latest Perl source code and all the binaries needed to run Perl on any platform
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The chapters were basic enough for the beginner to grasp the material, and the lessons were rife with hands-on examples which I thought was the best part. I like to try things out as I go through the lessons and so the material was very useful for me.
The printing of the material was interesting and draws the reader into the subject, important notes and pitfalls are highlighted between the text to avoid the paragraphs from becoming too long and drawn out. The writer's diction is sometimes humorous to avoid the reader from losing interest.
The book is kind of bulky and thick so as a consequence of regular use, the glue based binding gave way somewhere in the middle of the book so when I open it, the first half of the book is attched merely by a shred to the second half, so I have to be careful now when I lookup things in it. I wouldn't trade this book for anything.
I have never taken any instructional classes on Perl scripting and can safely say that everything I know about Perl scripting I've learned from this book. That being said I am able to write fairly sophisticated perl scripts and have the ability to understand fairly obfuscated perl code without difficulty. I use perl as a very strong and useful tool in my day to day tasks for scripting and text processing needs and I often dazzle and amaze my colleagues at work with the tricks I'm able to pull off by using perl scripting and I owe it all to this book.
In short, I give two enthusiastic thumbs up for this book and the 5 star rating that I gave this book was merely due to the amazon limitation on the number of stars you can give in your review.
The only down side is that the Web Based interactive segment is no longer available. not a big deal since it's the same quizes as in the book, but there was a gee-whiz, isn't it fun factor to have it available online.
This book covers everything from soup to nuts. It starts the learner off slowly with the basic perl syntax and then smoothly moves into subroutines, OOP, DBI modules, Security, etc. all with the same interesting and amusing style.
I don't know if it's mentioned in the Editorial review, but the author is the Editor of The Perl Journal ([...]) which is a magazine devoted to the perl programming language. So Jon Orwant *knows* his topic.
As I browsed through the first few pages, I could instantly comprehend whatever chunks of text the book threw at me! There were many pictures to help you understand. Not only that, but every chapter was divided into 8 lessons. And every lesson had a quiz and a programming exercise where you have to write a program to solve whatever problem they gave you.
There was even an online member place where you can login and view the entire book online with a password, or take the quizzes online. After completing the whole course, you could even download a certificate of completion.
If you are looking for a book on Perl, this is definitely the one for you. It sure is value for money.
The examples in the book are effective and can be used immediately to help you solve those simple real world problems. The book does fall short in helping you easily conquer more complex issues quickly. However, the online resources are great for helping you address these problems.
This book became the envy of those who had not purchased it. The easy to follow lessons with exercises and quizes helped speed along our understanding of this powerful language. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning to program in Perl, for any reason.