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Perl 5 Complete [Paperback]

Edward S. Peschko , Michelle DeWolfe
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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June 1 1998 0079136982 978-0079136985 1
Perl 5 just won the Web Tools Award for best scripting language, edging out JavaScript and VBScript. This is the package that puts all the in-demand facts about Perl 5 together in one place: what Perl is, how to program it, and how to use the brand-new Perl compiler. An in-depth reference, it shows pros how to build modules for NT and Unix; interface Perl to other programming languages, including Java, Visual Basic, anc C/C+; and find fast answers to CGI questions.

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While Java gets the ink, Perl is the programming language that keeps the Internet running. No one owns Perl, so anyone can use it on every platform. Likewise, it serves many purposes, from managing web sites and CGI servers to system engineering. Peschko and DeWolfe cover just about everything imaginable, including running databases and developing modules for UNIX and NT. This is not a beginner's book but an excellent title for very advanced web managers.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Of the multitude of languages available, Perl has emerged as the language of choice for Internet programmers and Web developers who wish to build dynamically interactive sites. And Perl 5 offers programmers a battery of key tools -- including a new compiler that creates faster, more compact code. Only Perl 5 Complete delivers the complete background professional programmers need to be conversant in Perl and create the best Web sites.

This requisite sourcebook covers it all basic syntax, regular expressions, and much more. Inside Perl 5 Complete you'll find everything you need to:

  • Master the new Perl compiler
  • Develop modules for Windows NT: Process, Mutex, Registry, and OLE ODBC
  • Develop modules for Unix: ProcessMgr, SafeSig, and ReadKey
  • Use Perl to run databases and CGI applications more smoothly
  • Interface Perl 5 to Java, Visual Basic, and C/C++
  • Explore dozens of pre-written programming modules

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1.0 out of 5 stars Hard to find information April 17 2001
This is one of the most unorganized books I have ever read. I just started learning Perl, and I used this book because it was available in the library. I read up to chapter 10. One big problem with this book is that the Index is very short and the book is huge, so most of the time I cannot find a reference pointer to the subject I am interested. The index is basically useless. So I have wasted a lot of time trying to find information about a specific subject by browsing the book until I found a relevant heading. There seems to be tones of information in this book but, the organization is terrible; it is as if they had just dumped a lot of scattered information into one book, without beeing concerned about the logical flow. After chapter 10, the topics are very advanced, but they are not introduced properly. There is the assumption that you already know a lot of object oriented programming. I have given up on this book and threw it away. I never write book reviews but I felt compelled to do it today, because this book just got to my nerves by wasting so much of my time. I hope you don't waste your money on this book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Errors take the joy out of learning March 3 2000
By EssKay
I have read through a good portion of the book - however, I am not new to Perl. This book is riddled with errors. For instance, take a look at the function simple_recursion on page 151. This is an infinite loop! On page 216, the author talks about dereferencing complex data structures and describes (very poorly, I might add) - three rules, numbered 1,2 and 3. And then he refers to the nonexistent rules No.4 and No. 2b on page 218! These are just a couple of instances that I have mentioned here. Virtually every page has such errors that it really takes the joy out of learning new concepts. If you are new to perl, stay away from this book. Pick a copy of the Llama book, or better yet, buy the PERL CD bookshelf. Read the Llama book first, cover to cover. I am giving this two stars - because there is some good in it if you read it in conjunction with the Perl CD bookshelf. I really think that McGraw Hill should give the (corrected) second edition free to those who unwittingly bought a copy of the first edition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best Perl 5 book ever written Dec 2 1999
This is by far the best Perl5 book ever written. I have been puzzled by all those programming related books these days: with all advacned word processing techniques, can they "pretty-print" example programs so that readers may get the idea very quickly ? Who has enough time to go through all those examples line by line ? First, this book goes beyond such pretty-printing. Important parts in the programs are well-marked, additional explanations are typed in small cases and pointing to the appropriate places using arrows, related parts are connected using lines and arrows. When you look at the examples in the book, I don't need to go through line by line. The concepts are immediately coming through my eyes to the brain, by looking at the example. Second, the example programs are as good as in many other authoritive books (like Perl5 Cookbook). And there are so many examples in the book. Finally, the structure of the book is one of the best. One minor problem would be there are as many typos as in Perl5 Cookbook. But unlike in Perl5 Cookbook, I can ignore such minor typos, since I already got the concepts of the example program by simply looking at it. In summary, if you need only one book for perl, this is one. Also, I would recommend this book to anyone who has been embarrassed by Perl. An extremely user-friendly book for anyone who has any programming experience (ie. this book does NOT teach the basics of programming).
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2.0 out of 5 stars Some good material masked by many errors Aug. 7 1999
After reading snippets of this book from time to time, and being frustrated and amazed at how many errors in how many code snippets could get through the editors, I finally turned to this website to see if others had observed the same problem. The first couple of reviewers hit the nail on the head. The index is a joke. The multitudinous typos in the code have me going to my machine just to check my understanding. It's become difficult to believe or trust anything in this book, but like one other reviewer said "Maybe that's a good thing." The book could be used for a contest - see how many errors are possible when the editors don't give a damn. Shame on you McGraw Hill for allowing this book to hit the shelves - you should do a mass recall - send in the front cover and get a corrected edition. It seems that the authors at times really know their stuff, and could teach a lot, but this is all foiled in error, after error, after error. I just got done reading a two page spread that had five code snippets - I believe three of these had serious printout errors. (I haven't confirmed this yet, but I'm getting tired of incorrect code.) Fire the editors, or whomever rushed this book to print, just to get shelf space - what a sad statement on American publishing - get that shelf space - I think that person should get out of publishing and go to work for Coca-Cola or Pepsi and let the book world alone. Terrible business practice. The other reviewers who give this a five star review are probably friends of the authors - sorry, guys, but this book with this edition should be trashed - it reminds me of the poor quality that TAB books used to put out - BTW, weren't they purchased by McGraw-Hill a number of years ago - could the same marketeers still be there - RECALL THIS BOOK MCGRAW HILL IF YOU HAVE ANY DECENCY - CONGRESS WOULD FORCE YOU TOO IF YOU WERE MANUFACTURING CARS!
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good book to learn perl
if you have the patience to finish it! this book is packed with useful information with great depth, but its a bit dry and too thick for its intended purposes. Read more
Published on April 1 2003 by Ah Pui
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for learning Perl, Bad as a reference
If you are wanting to learn perl, this book will help you do that. It jumps in quickly into how to code perl, so be prepared. Read more
Published on April 29 2000 by Andrew Bishop
3.0 out of 5 stars Revised opinion!
Review no. 25 has it wrong about the recursive function; the program on Page 151 is NOT an infinite loop. I committed an error in trying out that recursive function. Read more
Published on March 23 2000
4.0 out of 5 stars Where is my errata sheet?
I feel very strongly that the publishers of this book should provide an errata sheet as the sheer quantity of errors completely spoils an otherwise excellent book. Read more
Published on Jan. 31 2000 by "factor-x"
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Reference Book But Error Prone Examples
I am currently using "Perl 5 Complete" as a first exposure to Perl. The problem I have with recommending the book is that many examples that I work with do not run... Read more
Published on Dec 24 1999 by "richherr"
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good book
This book has great examples and I liked the sequence it was written in, there are a few typos but nothing the reader can't figure out, also some of the code is not explained... Read more
Published on Aug. 26 1999
3.0 out of 5 stars Generally a really good Perl book but ...
EDITORS WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!!! I think that the editors of this book should find another job - this book is full of typos and errors. Read more
Published on July 9 1999
3.0 out of 5 stars Ditto
Echo the same comments: + good raw material. Coverage on OO is very good, not just for Perl programmers but anyone interested in OO. One of the better intro to OO I've seen. Read more
Published on June 11 1999 by P.K.
3.0 out of 5 stars Good material, poor index, and so many errors!
There is a lot of good material in this book, but...
First, the index is lousy, and I think calling it lousy is being overly kind. For example, ". Read more
Published on May 24 1999
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