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Macperl: Power and Ease [Paperback]

Vicki Brown

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April 1998
This book contains everything you need to learn how to use MacPerl; with foreword by Matthias Neeracher, the author of MacPerl.

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About the Author

Vicki Brown (vlb@cfcl.com) has been using Unix (and variants thereof) for nearly 15 years; she began programming in awk and sh almost from the beginning. Vicki has also been working with Macs for 11 years, both in the employ of Apple Computer, and in her personal life. The Mac OS is her second favorite operating system and favorite user interface.

Vicki started using MacPerl in 1995, when she needed to crunch a large quantity of spreadsheet data. Resisting the idea of learning Excel macros, she leaped into MacPerl. She soon discovered that Perl allowed her to perform almost any programming task on the (shell-less, awk-less) Macintosh. Vicki lives in San Bruno, California with her spouse, Rich Morin, several cats, and many computers, including multiple Macintoshes.

Chris Nandor (pudge@pobox.com) is the webmaster and head web developer for Peterson's, an educational publishing company in Princeton, NJ. A 1995 Journalism graduate of Biola University, Chris now telecommutes full-time from his home in Carver, MA.

Chris has been working with Macs for 10 years and MacPerl for two years. He has spent much of his time over the last year working with MacPerl and Apple Events and has written an article on the subject for The Perl Journal (December, 1997) and was invited to speak at the second annual Perl Conference (August, 1998).

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It needs work July 27 2000
By "btg@ariel.com" - Published on Amazon.com
I'm glad this book was written because I love the Mac OS and want to see Perl developed on it. However, this book is not easy to use. It's clear that the authors do know what they're talking about, but they're not great at conveying lessons to the reader. Some script examples can be confusing to walk through when the authors say stuff like "Let's add this line to the script we've been writing" without telling you where in the script to add it, or what to line to replace. It seems as if they're so excited about the subject of the book that they fail to stick to repetetive teaching conventions (which I personally find very helpful with programming books. I'm sure not everyone does. Call me dry.) I plan to finish this book, but I actually found my C++ books easier to read, and that can't be becuase C++ is easier. I think with some revision, this book could be a great staple for Perl programming on the Mac. Namely: Pick a lesson format and stick with it. Don't just wander through the features of Perl. Still glad they wrote it, though. Viva the Mac OS. If you're an absolute beginner, buy this book if you're prepared to re-read sections. If you're somewhat experienced, this book will probably prove quite useful to you.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book! Highly recommended! Aug. 23 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This book was an excellent introduction to Perl and to using Perl on the Mac. Anyone that has a Mac and has an interest in making their Mac more powerful needs this book. The only beef I have with it is that it should be less ease and more power... it needs more of the advanced Perl information as well as more examples, but these are both small considerations when you see how awesome this book is.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars an indespensible book for learning and for reference June 2 1998
By Sean Burke - Published on Amazon.com
If you want to use MacPerl (the excellent port of Perl to MacOS, loaded with useful Mac-specific functions), you can do it one of two ways:
You can buy this book; or you you can poke around aimlessly for about two years learning, by trial and error (and guess, and crash), what is clearly laid out in this book.
Two years ago I was an already fairly experienced Perler, but with little experience with MacPerl. If I'd had this book two years ago, it would have saved me more time than I really even want to admit -- weeks? Months?
As MacPerl is rapidly becoming the data-conversion meta-tool, file-management language, and all-around Swiss Army chainsaw of choice for MacOS, you can't afford not to have this book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank god, it's easy! July 7 1998
By dave bruckmayr (dave@twinwave.net) - Published on Amazon.com
Perl drives me nuts. This is not a language. This is a strange state of mind. But "MacPerl Power and Ease" does what every good book does. It makes me feel safe. That's why I recommend it to everybody who is afraid of Perl, (still) uses a mac and wants to learn that language. Buy it.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars 20 pages at the most Nov. 19 2001
By John Shatline - Published on Amazon.com
This book touches on several subjects without really explaining very many of them. Perhaps written by persons better able to write code than books, the syntax is overly loose and informal. The really useful data in this book would fit about 20 pages. The rest is teaser and fluff, the beginning of an idea without the essence. MacPerl is a wonderful, free tool for the Macintosh, but this book is not worth the price of admission.
To sum it all up, its a hack job and a frustrating read.

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