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5.0 out of 5 stars How To Use Perl With Windows To Get A Big Fat Raise Sept. 28 1999
This book should be titled "How To Use Perl With Windows To Get A Big Fat Raise Raise".
Imagine the following on your annual review form:
"Automated my daily build to occur off-hours, thereby saving a hour per day for more productive activities. Provided free software and training to my colleages to automate each team member's daily build, providing a net increase of useful development team time of 12-1/2 percent."
Don't you think ought to be worth an easy 10-15% raise? (If not, then you really need to find a new employer.)
If that is not enough, try this:
"Implemented Automation interfaces in developed code to facilitate automated testing of code off-hours. Automated test procedures provided email report of nightly test results to all concerned parties."
I can not recall any book packed with more useful, relevant, and exciting information. As the title states, it shows how to use Perl to automate mundane tasks such as daily builds and nightly back-ups. In addition, it shows how to use COM/OLE Automation to advantage in your Perl scripts. Need a quick UI element and you don't want to use Perl/Tk? This book shows how to use Visual C++ to create an Automation DLL for the purpose of executing dialogs from your script, with, of course, native look-and-feel. Need to do some heavy lifting in C++? Need to drive the Automation interface of MS applications? This books shows how to use COM Automation to do the heavy lifting, drive DevStudio, and drive some of the Office applications.
The content of this book drips with pragmatism. It seems to emphasize using the right tool for the job, and avoids unnecessary heroics.
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I am disappointed that I bought this book. The title and description lead a person to believe that they will gain the knowledge needed to use Perl for Windows. Instead the author spends half the book explaining outdated technologies, lamenting over switching between programming languages, and defending the way that he writes Perl code. The other half is unedited code which is basic in nature and undocumented.
This book includes no good reference material, and is not tested with any recent windows products. The author simply states that the correct modules exist (i.e. net::smtp) but that he didn't take the time to look at them for the book, and you can just do it by hand this way...
I repeat, there is not a shred of Perl for Windows resource information in this book!!!
I sure hope that 1 star is the lowest rating because that is what this 5 page term paper stretched to 200 pages deserves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In defense of the book Nov. 15 1999
By A Customer
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 An amateur, who got no help from his editors March 27 2000
By A Customer
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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2.0 out of 5 stars A disappointment Nov. 5 1999
By A Customer
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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