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ActivePerl Developer's Guide [Paperback]

Martin C. Brown
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Aug. 21 2000 0072123397 978-0072123395 1
Brown is an expert on Perl--he wrote Perl: The Complete Reference and Perl: Annotated Archives. Just as Perl's popularity as a scripting language has soared in the UNIX environment, ActivePerl--a version of Perl--is expected to have similar success within the Microsoft environment. Emerging market--ActivePerl is growing within the Microsoft & UNIX developer markets and many developers are using ActivePerl for building cross-platform applications. Emerging market--ActivePerl is growing within the Microsoft & UNIX developer markets and many developers are using ActivePerl for building cross-platform applications. Fills a gap in the market--there are a limited number of books devoted to ActivePerl available. Targets the developer--hands-on approach for those wishing to take advantage of this up-and-coming programming language.

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A Complete Resource for Developing Applications Using ActivePerl! Take advantage of the cross-platform functionality of ActivePerl, the most complete Perl package available. ActivePerl brings the same scripting capability to the Win32 environment as Perl has to the UNIX environment, and this groundbreaking guidebook will show you everything you need to develop powerful, real-world solutions quickly and easily. From basic compatibility fundamentals to interface migration, this definitive reference will explain how to use the development tools to get the most out of ActivePerl when migrating Perl applications to the Windows environment. Inside, Perl expert Martin Brown covers: Migrating UNIX Applications to Windows File and process management Systems information and administration CGI and ASP Development ActiveState Perl Debugger ODBC Database Connectivity Perl and OLE Solutions Object oriented programming Up-to-date and thorough, no other book offers the depth and breadth of coverage as ActivePerl Developer's Guide, and is essential for any developer using ActivePerl. Important coverage includes: ActivePerl 5.6 Migrating to Perl from Visual Basic VB/Perl function cross-reference Cross-platform Interfaces with Tk Communicating with Windows APIs Using Perl with ActiveX Programming with the Win32 Library Debugging using ActiveState Perl Debugger Tips and tricks for cross-platform development On the CD-ROM: All of the book's source code, and ready to run scripts for using databases, shared resources, and systems management

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Martin C. Brown (Southamkpton, UK) has been a UNIX, PC and Mac programmer for the past 8 years. He is currently IT Director of an advertising agency dealing with blue-chip clients such as Hewlett-Packard, Oracle and Cable & Wireless.

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Format:Paperback
Between the covers of this book are two separate books for two, very different audiences:
1) experienced developers who already have mastered PERL in a UNIX environment and need to understand the Windows environment and how to program for it
2) experienced developers who understand the Win32 environment and have developed Windows application using Visual Basic and now want to develop Win32 based programs using Perl.
If you are not in one of the above 2 groups, then this book may be of limited use to you. However, if you are, indeed, in one of the above 2 groups, then this book may be just what you are looking for. It may fill a gap in the current line of available reference material on the two subjects.
Keep in mind, even within the confines of the two specialized area that are covered, the book does not cover everything. For example, OLE is only briefly covered. Active X and ADO is not covered. ASP is only touched upon briefly in an otherwise pretty good chapter on web development using CGI, ISAPI and Perlscript. You may want to try "ActivePerl with ASP and ADO" by Tobias Martinson (Wiley Press) for these topics.
Some interesting sections of the book include (but are not limited to): 1) a brief chapter on the ActiveState Perl Debugger (APD), which comes with the Perl Development Kit (sold by ActiveState for $125). 2) VB to Perl migration guide, which takes VB commands and features and shows how to do the equivalent commands in Perl.
Note: as the first printing went to press, a few technical problems occurred in the book's printing. The back cover has the back cover blurbs for some Linux book, telling you all the great stuff about Linux and OpenSource you'll find in the book. Obviously this was meant for a different book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not a general guide but geared to two specialized audiences Sept. 18 2000
By J Bucknoff, PMP - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Between the covers of this book are two separate books for two, very different audiences:
1) experienced developers who already have mastered PERL in a UNIX environment and need to understand the Windows environment and how to program for it
2) experienced developers who understand the Win32 environment and have developed Windows application using Visual Basic and now want to develop Win32 based programs using Perl.
If you are not in one of the above 2 groups, then this book may be of limited use to you. However, if you are, indeed, in one of the above 2 groups, then this book may be just what you are looking for. It may fill a gap in the current line of available reference material on the two subjects.
Keep in mind, even within the confines of the two specialized area that are covered, the book does not cover everything. For example, OLE is only briefly covered. Active X and ADO is not covered. ASP is only touched upon briefly in an otherwise pretty good chapter on web development using CGI, ISAPI and Perlscript. You may want to try "ActivePerl with ASP and ADO" by Tobias Martinson (Wiley Press) for these topics.
Some interesting sections of the book include (but are not limited to): 1) a brief chapter on the ActiveState Perl Debugger (APD), which comes with the Perl Development Kit (sold by ActiveState for $125). 2) VB to Perl migration guide, which takes VB commands and features and shows how to do the equivalent commands in Perl.
Note: as the first printing went to press, a few technical problems occurred in the book's printing. The back cover has the back cover blurbs for some Linux book, telling you all the great stuff about Linux and OpenSource you'll find in the book. Obviously this was meant for a different book. The cover design and images are identical to that of another McGraw-Hill computer book, "Instant ASP Components" by Greg Buczek. It's my understanding that in later printings of the ASP book this will be changed, but for now, if you look for either book in the bookstore, make sure you pick up the right one. The table of contents for Appendix C shows "beep" as one of the section headings. This is an error.
Overall, if you fit one of the two specialized audiences this book is written for, it could be a useful reference to supplement other books you already have. If you are not in either audience and just want to learn ActivePerl, then just consider the "Camel" book by Larry Wall (or the "Llama" book by Schwartz & Christiansen) to learn Perl and use the online documentation that comes with ActivePerl to learn the specifics of the ActivePerl product.
In the final analysis, the book could have been two separate books: 1) Introduction to the Win32 development environment for Perl Developers 2) VB to Perl Migration reference
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