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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR; 1 edition (June 24 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0130126535
  • ISBN-13: 978-0130126535
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 14.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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I liked the book, and if you go to the website, you can download all the code for the examples.
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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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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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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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By uzi on May 16 2000
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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 script it contains. What I liked most, was that the book included ready made scripts, which are used just like "cut n' paste", but still, every line was explained thoroughly!
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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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By A Customer on Feb. 3 2000
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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. Seems like they could have published this book in a HTML book as an appendix...really more useful for folks who want to stick to HTML.
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