Perl: Annotated Archives Paperback – Dec 1998
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From the Back Cover
Packed with ready-to-run Code and Expert Advice for Perl Programmers. This is the most innovative Perl programming tool ever created. Create extensible programs by dynamic Web applications with this exceptional collection of annotated, reusable Perl code. Perl Annotated Archives is packed with ready-to-run code for Windows, Unix, Mac, and Web applications along with line-by-line explanations. Use the power and flexibility of Perl to carry out hundreds of functions easily--process and report on text files, write clients and servers within a single application, dynamically create HTML, secure your Web site, manage an entire network from a single point, and much more. Complete with a CD-ROM containing all of the book's source code and applications, this one-of-a-kind collection is a programmer's reference and how-to-manual in a single convenient volume.
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Those who are hoocked on CGI can also buy this book. After buying the book you can either 1)read through it and have new ideas on how you could write perl programs efficiently or 2) just grab the ready-to-use programs from the CD and run'em. I agree, this is not the only book that provides you with ready-to-use programs. I also wrote a review to CGI/Perl Cookbook, which got my just one star. Difference between these two titles is that, CGI/Perl Cookbook is pretty far from giving you tips and doesn't go through their ready-to-use programs in details. As to Perl:Annotated Archives, it does a good job on explaining the programs. Also the programs included in the book are intended to handle some very frequent tasks, like checking HTML validity, Managing your news pages, CGI security (for details look at the table of contents in the left menu).
If you are beginner and want to learn perl and to be able to write your own programs and modules, I do not recommend you this title. Don't buy it. Go for either CGI101(highly recommend it) or Elizabeth Castro's Quick Start guide.
In overall, this is a good book, which provides you with lots of usefull ideas and programs as well.
If you build Web solutions and only have time to absorb one chapter, read and understand the CGI security chapter. My personal favorite has to be either the entries on databases or the cross platform systems administration section. Too many Perl books concentrate on Unix and don't acknowledge other OSes. I think 'macfbf.pl' might be the first code example for the Macintosh I've seen in a Perl book!
There's a lot for Perl newbies and old dogs to learn from this book and it's well worth the effort to glean something from every chapter.
Martin is one of the most interactive authors I've ever dealt with and always responds to emailed suggestions, questions and constructive criticism with a professional yet friendly tone. He's been quick to point out the very rare typographic mistakes and updates his Web site's errata section quickly. That alone makes his books worth having!
Perl is not an easy language to learn and the lack of commented code samples is what discourages a lot of people from learning it. Martin C. Brown does an excellent job of teaching not only how to write useful applications but also how to keep your code simple, clean and easy to maintain which is no mean feat considering how easy it is to write cryptic code in Perl. So, the first star is for what's between the covers.
I'm sure that many people who tried to learn a programming language from a book will agree that it is not enough to just dump the best ideas and code onto paper--they must be presented in a way that helps the reader to quickly find any little bit of information he/she needs. I found nothing to complain about in that department and I agree with my students who often praise this book for its ease of use and the ease of access to the information contained inside it. The second star is therefore for the presentation of the material.
How about the accuracy of the text and the source code?Read more ›
I recommend the Perl Cookbook instead for recipes, and the Programming Perl book for examples/tutorials.