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Essential PERL 5 for Web Professionals [Paperback]

Micah Brown , Chris Bellew , Dan Livingston
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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June 24 1999 0130126535 978-0130126535 1
Learn PERL fast -- from real-world examples and a dynamic supporting Web site!
Scripting file reads and writes, automating email, forms, and much more!
Rotating banners, authenticating users, automating searches, and more.
By top Web developers whose clients include Apple, Dr. Laura, and Pacific Bell! PERL lets you streamline or automate virtually any Web development task. Now, learn PERL fast, as you build two Web sites that reflect todays most common scenarios- a company selling products and educating visitors; and a content site selling ads and subscriptions. The finished sites are on the Web, so you can reuse the code -- and see how your pages should look, and work! Use PERL to read and write files; send email; search the Web; implement counters; authenticate users; rotate banners; deploy forms; and much more. Essential PERL for Web Programmers is one in a new series of books that share the same dynamic Web site, and can teach you all the Web skills you need, from JavaScript to Photoshop -- fast!
Micah Brown co-owns Etail Enterprises, a Northern California Web advertising consultancy. Sites he has developed include Dr. Laura, Pacific Bell, and Ascend.
Dan Livingstons high-profile Web design clients include Apple. Pacific Bell, and Novell. His sites have won numerous awards and been featured on CNN Prime Time.
Chris Bellow specializes in PERL, ASP, Tango and PHP. His clientele includes Hewlett-Packard, MacSys, and Pacific Bell.

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With PERL 5, you can streamline or automate virtually any Web development task! Now you can learn PERL 5, by example, from two leading Fortune 500 Web developers! Master all you need to get results, as you build real-world practice sites that sell products, educate visitors, offer subscriptions, and display ads. Best of all, the finished sites are on the Web—so you can reuse the code and see exactly how your pages should look and work!

Write PERL scripts to do all this, and much more!

  • Read and write files
  • Send email automatically
  • Search the Web
  • Add counters to your site
  • Authenticate your users
  • Rotate banners
  • Process forms

Rely on Essential Guides for ALL the Web Skills You Need!

All these books share the same great format, and the same dynamic Web site. . .

so once you've used one, they're all a piece of cake!

  • Essential CSS & DHTML for Web Professionals
  • Essential PERL 5 for Web Professionals
  • Essential Photoshop 5 for Web Professionals
  • Essential JavaScript for Web Professionals
  • With more to come!

About the Author

MICAH BROWN co-owns Etail Enterprises, a Northern California Web advertising consultancy. Sites he has developed include Dr. Laura, Pacific Bell, and Ascend.

DAN LIVINGSTON's high-profile Web design clients include Apple, Pacific Bell, and Novell. His sites have won numerous awards and have been featured on CNN Prime Time. He recently founded his own user interface company, Wire Man Productions.

CHRIS BELLOW specializes in PERL, ASP, Tango, and PHP. His clientele includes Hewlett-Packard …®, MacSys, and Pacific Bell.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Definately not for the new, middle OR advanced April 15 2000
I do not usually do reviews but after reading this book I just to make others aware. I am honestly at a loss as to what happended... Writing a book is HARD, so while my words may sound harsh, I do appreciate the problems faced and just maybe the publisher has some responsibility here too. This book dives in too fast for beginners without explaining little, but very important bits that would aid greatly in achieving a solid groundwork. However, what's just as frustrating is that it does not go into ANY detail for more experienced Perl authors. Concepts appear and quickly vanish without trace. Examples are NOT explained fully and in a few cases at all. Further, forget it if you want to run Perl on a Windows platform. There's a slight mention of it only. Like other reviews here, the appendix (50+ pages in a 150 page book) is too long, too simple, and what REALLY angers me is that it's just a rehash from the book body. Mostly, word-for-word! The authors say it's REAL WORLD? Sorry, that's just plain incorrect - and they know it (at least I really hope they do?). This book starts out with good intentions but falls in a screaming heap too soon. And the price? Just more of a reason to look elsewhere.
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1.0 out of 5 stars This book is bad. Oct. 7 2000
While in the beginning it may look harmless, this book ignores CGI.pm, the REAL way to write Perl CGI. Using there pitifully simple interface to the POST method, newbies are led to believe that their scripts work fine using a simple hash. Their supplied function leaves a blatant security hole that any average hacker can use to bomb the script and potentially your web server. All examples are oversimplified and remain poorly explained. The reason other people rate this book as GREAT is because they are not aware of the potential harmfulness that a few lines of insecure code can do. As a webmaster, I am qualified to bash this book. The book follows up by NOT mentioning anything about taint checking, warning flag, or the use of the "strict" pragma which should be used in ALL CGI scripts (if not all Perl scripts together). This book is a NO-NO! Real advice on perl/CGI can be found at PerlMonks.org or by reading the CGI manual pages included with every distribution of Perl.
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4.0 out of 5 stars For the extreme beginner Oct. 11 2001
Most 'beginning' programming books are written by very experienced programmers who are often out of touch with how much the newbie does not know.
Too often, certain key bits of knowledge are assumed and I found that too often, my mind was about ready to explode from frustration.
I admit that I just didn't get it, whatever 'it' was.
Then I found this book. It is extremely simple, but that is what I needed to get off the ground. Just as I learned to read from books by Dr. Seuss, I learned to program from reading this book -- it got me off the ground.
Just remember that finishing this book does not make you a programmer -- its code examples are very simplified and full of security holes. On the other hand, this book will fill in the concepts that other books miss and you will finally be ready to take on the more complex books that WILL make you a programmer.
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I frustrated myself for half a year searching for information on CGI. There simply is nothing online and nothing else in print that will teach you Perl if you are not already a fairly seasoned programmer. This book made it simple and plain, rather than garbled and hard to follow. It leads you through many examples - they're great because they are common, real-world scripts. The cover price is a bit shocking for such a small book, but it is absolutely worth it. The books I bought before, all more expensive and larger, are only helpful to me now that I have read through this book. Some of them are still impossible to read because the authors just don't know how to write. The authors of this book are experts at explaining new concepts.
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4.0 out of 5 stars For diving into web CGI this is a MUST BUY Dec 10 1999
If you are interested in learning perl for web cgi functions this book rocks. Its the only one I have run into that gives examples of code and explains it line by line, in layman! The only reason I am giving it 4 stars is because I could have used a few more examples. The book is toooo short. I warn potental readers that this book does not go into great detail about the perl language itself (which is useful for much more than web CGI) but if you don't care about that and want to dive into making forms and interactive web pages you have to buy this book now!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing about Perl *5* in this book! Sept. 24 1999
This is an OK beginner book on CGI and Perl, but why in the world did they title it "Perl 5 for..."? I'm proficient in Perl 4 and I assumed that this book would tell me all about working with objects and all the other new stuff in version 5. Seemed like a reasonable assumption based on the title. However, the only place that Perl 5 is even mentioned is on the cover!! As a general introduction to Perl and CGI, a much better book is "Visual Quickstart Guide to Perl and CGI" by Elizabeth Castro.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Perl for Web book July 29 2001
An excellent example of real world Perl. I highly recommend this book to any IT professional who is interested in implementing Perl with their web servers. I've been working with Perl in system administration for many years. Despite some of the dogma of "experienced webmasters" who may review this book with a critical eye, it meets the expecations of it's target audience. Those people who want to get the system up, the web site generating revenues, and move on to the next project.
A must read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The above review is misleading
I liked the book, and if you go to the website, you can download all the code for the examples.
Published on Dec 23 2001 by "jaymz411"
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
A very good book, I must say. Although i wasn't very good at understanding the language, this book is very specific and includes a wide explanation on every line written in a... Read more
Published on May 16 2000 by uzi
1.0 out of 5 stars not for me, or the web?
Some of the strategies the author suggests are interesting. I was a beginner when I got this book, but I don't think I'll ever write PERL like this though. Read more
Published on Feb. 3 2000
4.0 out of 5 stars I Used This Book to Teach Myself PERL/CGI For The WEB
Excellent book for learning web-based PERL applications. The examples were concisely and fairly well explained. The appendix does a good job of elaborating in more detail. Read more
Published on Dec 4 1999
2.0 out of 5 stars A bit too light
A pretty good book for the beginner, but I expected more for my money. Really, more like a pamphlet than a book. Priced about twice as much as it should be.
Published on Nov. 10 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars I found perl easy to use!
I was recommended this book by a friend and I found perl alot easier to use than I first thought. Fun examples and the author took the time to answer a question I had. Read more
Published on Oct. 21 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written book!
I like the approach the writters took and made the projects easy to learn
Published on Sept. 30 1999
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