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Automating Windows with Perl with CDROM [Paperback]

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1.0 out of 5 stars Where's the beef? June 10 2000
By John
Format:Paperback
Such a promising title, too bad it fails to deliver.
This book is pure fluff. Don't waste your money on it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars An amateur, who got no help from his editors March 27 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Rather than showing you how to use OLE or COM directly and extensively from Perl, as I had hoped, the book's main point seems to be that you can call VB macros from Perl. It offers little help in learning VB or the Windows-specific features in Perl.
To his credit, his approach is very Perl-like: Use Perl as a glue language to bring other elements together to do work for you. However, the book does little to teach you how. I was very disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In defense of the book Nov. 15 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book is not a reference book, and the reviews here trashing it do not take that into account. Anyone can colate the reference manuals into a book, but the author's point is to give real-world experience about using Perl on Windows systems to solve problems and make both administration and software development easier. The specific goal of this book is to show how Perl can be used as a natural part of a complete Windows toolkit, through real-world examples of projects and how-to information which shows how to get things done with Perl.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Please save your money. Nov. 9 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
A very disjointed attempt. Poor code examples. Your money is best spent on other books.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A disappointment Nov. 5 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Pretentious title and not enough material for a book. Four pages wasted on editors for win32 (not even in an appendix). A lot of material that has got absolutely nothing to do with Perl and should not even be mentioned. The only positive thing that can be said about the book is that it sometimes touches subjects that I have not yet seen treated in any other Perl book.
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