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"Second Edition"? Should be "Volume 2"! Dec 2 2005
By Steve Vance - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Review: Advanced Perl Programming

The First Edition of this book is one of my favorite books. For an example of why, it explained anonymous structures clearer than anyplace else I had seen. I have re-read it several times, learning something new with each reading. If you have gotten through "Learning Perl", and want to become an advanced Perl programmer, get yourself a copy of the First Edition.

Why is this book is the "Second Edition" of anything? It bears no resemblance at all to the First Edition. It has a different author, which is the first red flag. Looking inside, we find that all the chapters have different titles, and there is no topic discussed in one book that is discussed in the other. Most of what is in the First Edition is still valid Perl, and important information for a Perl programmer to know. Within a few minutes of learning this Second Edition had been published, I ordered it, based on my love of the First Edition. If I had spent any time looking through it, I probably wouldn't have bought it.

This book covers advanced Perl constructs and topics, but those much less useful to the average "another Perl hacker". It is interesting to know some of the stuff in the 2E, perhaps from an academic perspective, but there is none of the, "Wow, I'm going to use this every day" feeling that I got with the 1E.

To be fair, this book is well written, and clearly explains some things I've "always wondered about". There are several topics covered that I wish had been covered in more depth. For example, there is exactly one sentence about Inline::Java. But, I am glad that I bought it, and will put it on my shelf next to the First Edition. In thinking about it, I would say that this book should have been called, "Advanced Perl Programming, Volume 2" (with two panthers on the front?) Meanwhile, it is true that Sriram's First Edition could use some updating. After Perl 6 is released?
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Very disappointing Feb. 3 2007
By David DelGreco - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book was slated to come out for a long time before it actually did, and I naturally assumed that Simon was working on something ambitious and that it was taking him longer than he planned. I bought it sight-unseen, but quickly discovered it was more of a tour of CPAN than an in-depth book deserving of the title Advanced Perl Programming. I know from his blog that Simon was wrapping up his life to go be a missionary in Japan, so now I think the book was late because he was working on *that* project after he had agreed to write this book. Just speculation.

It reads more like an article on Perl.com or in the Perl Journal, and could easily have been several articles spread out over a few months. I have to wonder if he started the book with the idea that "advanced" means "knowing about useful modules on CPAN" or if the idea came to him sometime after it was clear the book was running late.

Regardless, consider looking at it if you see it in the store. It's not without its value, but I can't see paying for a book that mostly says, "Here's someone else's work to check out." An advanced book ought to be getting into -- well -- advanced techniques, useful info that's hard to come by, something that isn't ALREADY AVAILABLE ELSEWHERE.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
First edition is what you want, not this one. Oct. 15 2006
By N. Trinh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The book is a big disappointment. I picked this book because I had bought the first version few years back and looked for an upgrade. It turns out to be a new book - from content, style, to author. For instance, the 'template tools' chapter is just a recite of the man pages, accompanied with poor examples, and explanation is less than helpful.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Do not waste your money and save trees Dec 2 2005
By Brooklyn_Perl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is utter trash, you will derive more benefit from reading Learning Perl (4th edition) and Programming Perl.

This book offers nothing in terms of delving into the operational guts of Perl, its philosophy, its parser and guts in general.

The first edition was far and away better, although Siriviam did not explain the concepts behind 'my' and 'local' in its proper origins. But that is irrelevent in terms of comparing the 2nd edition with the first. The 2nd edition is nothing more than Volume 2 to Learning Perl; if you want to become a proficient and professional Perl programmer do not waste your money on the 2nd edition. Get your hands on the first edition and hold on to it until a better alternative comes along.
21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
All new second edition July 20 2005
By Jack D. Herrington - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Frankly I'm not sure why this is a second edition. It's a completely new book. Where the original book was more of an advanced language features book, this book is much more focused on module use. Neither of which is bad. Perl's CPAN library is one of the features that make the language so attractive. So an entire book dedicated to that is really helpful. And the excellent writing and illustrations help as well.

I recommend both books. If you can get a copy of the first edition on Alibris get that. But don't hesitate getting this book if you are a Perl fan.


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