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One of the best things about Perl and CGI for the World Wide Web is the seamless way the author incorporates terminology into her explanations. Elizabeth Castro, author of HTML 4 for the World Wide Web, understands the intermediate user: someone who would be bored by a beginner's guide, but isn't ready to step up to heavy-hitting programming texts either.
In Perl and CGI, she explains basic concepts--such as the difference between a compiled and an interpreted script--within the text, so there's no need to keep flipping back to the glossary. Readers should be familiar with HTML and comfortable with technical explanations, diagrams, and general vocabulary.
Anyone trying to get a grasp on something as complex and powerful as Perl will appreciate Castro's relatively straightforward technique. For example, in the first chapter, Castro explains some basic Perl concepts sensibly: that the $ stands for the s in scalar; the @ sign stands for the a in array; and that the % that labels a hash or associative array indicates two circles on each side of the slash as parts of a pair. This granular, logical way of building Perl knowledge will get new Perl users started. More experienced users will want to use this book as a workbook and refresher. --Jennifer Buckendorff --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Perl is by far the most popular programming language for creating scripts that add powerful interactive features to Web pages. Included on most UNIX platforms and available free of charge for Windows and Macintosh, Perl lets you place forms on your Web site that collect and process user input such as product orders and comments, enable visitors to conduct keyword searches for information on your site, and integrate a database into your site, among many other capabilities.
Perl and CGI for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide gets you to the heart of Perl scripting with CGI. Even first-time programmers will be able to create interactive Web pages and, more importantly, you'll be able to use your new-found familiarity with Perl to understand and customize the multitude of scripts that already exist on the Web. Following on the huge success of Liz CastroÕs top-selling HTML:Visual QuickStart GuideÑthe book to have to learn or reference HTMLÑCastroÕs Perl and CGI for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide is soon to becomethe choice for learning Perl and CGI.
I bought this book to put CGI on my own website. When you send your data on the examples in this book they go to the authors CGI pages at a web site ([... Read morePublished on Jan. 22 2004 by Bruce T. Rosier
I found both the layout and the text of this book difficult to learn from. With its small visual chunks, my eyes had to jump around the page excessively in order to take in the... Read morePublished on March 21 2003 by Melliforte
I was on vaction and decided to learn cgi that is the only book i have ever read on the subject and i have now written a chat room severall useful scripts i have an everychat... Read morePublished on March 1 2003 by Thomas Williams
If your interested in Perl programming for your web site...THIS IS THE BOOK. I bought Perl for Dummies which was good but too broad-based. Read morePublished on Dec 20 2002 by Harry A. Stover
This is a great book for the intermediate to well-seasoned HTML coder who is looking to explore server-side scripting. Read morePublished on Aug. 1 2002 by Amazon Customer
Although I am computer knowledgeable and have several certifications, I knew absolutely nothing about Perl and CGI before reading this text. Read morePublished on June 9 2002 by Harold McFarland
I think Elizabeth Castro did a great job in this book.
I went from a completely beginner on Perl to intermediate. Read more
The book purports to be a visual quickstart guide. However, you will need a microscope to view the examples; which after close examination, you will find to be the same examples... Read morePublished on April 24 2002