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Perl 5 Interactive Course [Paperback]

John Orwant , Jon Orwant

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January 1996 Interactive course
Perl is a popular scripting language for people creating and maintaining Web sites. Now, this introductory, interactive tutorial makes innovative use of the World Wide Web and the Internet to teach all aspects of Perl's concepts, functions, and techniques. It also explains how to make scripts compatible with different operating systems. The CD-ROM contains the latest Perl source code and binaries for the platform of choice.

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This customized course in Perl includes a unique Web-based component with an online "mentor" to answer Perl questions, a special Internet Mailing List just for readers of this book that allows students to ask questions or "meet" other students, and online quizzes and exams for immediate feedback on their progress. - Online "mentor" offers individualized attention and answers the reader's specific Perl questions.

- Download a personalized Certificate of Achievement after successful completion of the tests

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Introductory Perl Book Ever Written - No Holds Barred April 30 2000
By Howard T. Maher - Published on Amazon.com
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I've read and use most of the Perl books out on the market today, but none comes close to getting you going well with Perl as does Jon Orwant's book. I still use it as a reference today, but it is the best any money can buy for learning Perl. I'm back buying another copy because I loaned mine to a friend and I miss it so much that I want to make sure I'll always have a copy handy. My old copy is so well worn that a fresh copy is enticing also. As for extras in the book: the quizzes are great for testing your understanding, and someone has done a great job at proofreading this book -- I don't know whether that person is at the Waite Group or is Jon himself, but I know that anytime I have questioned an answer, or a script, or anything in the book I have always found the book to be accurate on closer inspection. It is very much like the Camel Book in being authoritative -- what Jon says is Perl Gospel Truth - if I had to pick two Perl books, I'd pick this one for learning and the Camel Book for ultimate reference. Jon's book should be rated a 5 and a half star - this is the best that it ever gets!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Perl Book Feb. 9 2000
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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After the Camel book, of course. This book is very well paced with well thought out examples. I needed it as a refresher last year, and now use it as a reference.
The only down side is that the Web Based interactive segment is no longer available. not a big deal since it's the same quizes as in the book, but there was a gee-whiz, isn't it fun factor to have it available online.
This book covers everything from soup to nuts. It starts the learner off slowly with the basic perl syntax and then smoothly moves into subroutines, OOP, DBI modules, Security, etc. all with the same interesting and amusing style.
I don't know if it's mentioned in the Editorial review, but the author is the Editor of The Perl Journal ([...]) which is a magazine devoted to the perl programming language. So Jon Orwant *knows* his topic.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It is a great book! July 15 1999
By Galina - Published on Amazon.com
When I read other people's reviews, I always wonder what kind of background these people have in programming. Well, here is my background: I know HTML, JavaScript, C++, a little bit of Java, DHTML, and databases. When I found out that I had to learn Perl, I was scared because, after 4 years of college, that is the first language that I had to learn completely on my own. However, this book made my learning experience as easy as possible. The book provides very good explanations, a lot of examples, and an EXCELLENT reference section. I think this is one of the best programming books I have read so far.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Intro to Perl Aug. 15 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This is the book I am using to learn Perl. I'm a CS student now, and I've learned C and C++. We use a lot of Perl at work. I tried to learn Perl from the Camel book (Programming Perl, 2nd ed.), but found it hard to follow, especially reg exp. I think the OReilly books are good if you already know some Perl, but this is the best one to use to start learning Perl. Plus the Camel book assumes you're on a Unix system, while this can be used on Unix or Win32, and it comes with perl on cd-rom.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good tutorial Feb. 9 2000
By Eric - Published on Amazon.com
The book is a good and detailed tutorial for all novices who want to learn Perl. No hit around the bush stuff and the chapters were well thought of. Credit should be given to the author and the publishing group for these helpful information. The Source codes on the CD-Rom comes handy when when you want to test out the sample codes in the book. The questions at the end of each chapter is a good revision after scanning the chapter. I strongly recommend those who want to learn Perl to get a copy of this book as their first book.

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