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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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3.0 out of 5 stars A good book to learn perl April 1 2003
By Ah Pui
Format:Paperback
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. it is a good buy to strengthen your perl knowledge and introduce you to do OOP with perl, however its not so ideal for a reference and i doubt anyone can finish this book cover-to-cover. i didnt finish it but for whatever chapters i have managed to read thru, they are pretty informative
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1.0 out of 5 stars Hard to find information April 17 2001
Format:Paperback
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Good for learning Perl, Bad as a reference April 29 2000
Format:Paperback
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. If you have coded C++, then this perl won't be that hard with this book. However, if you've never programmed before, then this is not the book for you.
Once I had learned perl, I found this book to be a 500 page paper weight. It does little good as a reference.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Revised opinion! March 24 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
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. Given the number of errors in the book, it was easy to assume that it was a typographical error! I have read more of the book now and the density of errors actually decreases in the latter half of the book. I am therefore increasing the number of stars to three (from two).
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2.0 out of 5 stars Errors take the joy out of learning March 3 2000
By EssKay
Format:Paperback
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Where is my errata sheet? Feb. 1 2000
Format:Paperback
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. This was the first book I bought on Perl and it had me very confused, though as other reviewers have noted figuring out the errors for myself probably improved my understanding. To McGraw-Hill - can I have a discount on the next edition?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Reference Book But Error Prone Examples Dec 24 1999
Format:Paperback
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 because of typos. What makes matters worse is that there does not seem to be any way of obtaining an errata sheet! I have contacted both the authors and the publishing company to no avail. Who takes responsibility?
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best Perl 5 book ever written Dec 2 1999
Format:Paperback
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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