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Perl Power!: A JumpStart Guide to Programming with Perl 5 Paperback


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201360683
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201360684
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 17.1 x 2.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Perl power Dec 30 1999
By Dennis Krystowiak - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Excellent book that gets you started with lots of areas of perl. Most of the code I have tried works fine with Activestates's 523 build and with the perl development kit 1.2.4. Having code that work is rare with these books especially with Windows. I use 98 and NT and unix. This book is not a diffinitive guide to perl but it gives you a good summay in most of the important area's and enought code to get started quickly. It gave me lots of ideas on things I could use perl for. I also like "Perl 5 complete" for theory, but the code for that book is very buggy and hard to get to work. I like its detailed explanation of how things are suppose to work. "Perl Cookbook" is also excellent for how to solve problems various kinds of problems. These are the best of the perl books I have.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Excellent book, well-written with lots of valuable info. Oct. 4 1999
By Michael E. Tacelosky - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Although my bookshelves are already full of 700-page perl books of the "Teach Yourself" variety, I was unable to find any good explanations of the LWP module. When I found a chapter devoted to LWP in Perl Power, I was thrilled and immediately bought the book.
What I didn't expect was the bonus of someone finally providing a good explanation of Perl 5 and object-oriented perl. That section ALSO would have been worth the price of the book.
Even the first chapter had all sorts of insights and explanations I found invaluable. I've been using perl off and on for about 3 years, mostly writing quick utilities, and I'll credit this book with wanting to make me use perl more.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A "Perl of great worth"! Feb. 13 1999
By Joel Neely - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Somehow the phrase "jump start" seems a little feeble when Schilli's energetic style catapults you into Perl. I didn't expect to be impressed by a "jump start guide" to a language with which I'm already familiar, but a brief thumb-through quickly changed my mind.
The first hundred pages or so provide a lightening-strike introduction to the basics of Perl. Best-suited for a reader with prior programming experience, the first chapter illustrates the most important Perl concepts efficiently, but also includes enough subtleties and effective examples that it's worth a look by a non-beginner.
After equally vigorous introductions to Perl objects and modules, Schilli focuses on two exciting areas where Perl's unique strengths are well-suited, Tk-based graphical user interface development and internet programming. Although Perl has many important uses beyond these two, they make an effective introduction to the breadth and power of the language.
Even the appendices contain a surprising variety of useful information, from the instructions for installing Perl from the included CD, to the quick references to HTML and POD, to the links to a variety of resources available through the 'Net.
Clearly, a "jump start guide" can't cover every detail of a language as eclectic as Perl; nevertheless, Schilli has done a very good job of selecting topics that will get the reader up and running quickly, while leaving them prepared to learn even more. I also consider this book nearly ideal for the reader who is already familiar with Perl as a rapid-development text-processing and scripting language, and who is now ready to move into full-blown application development in Perl.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Good introduction to Perl, and great reference March 9 2000
By C. Hulshof - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
From its corny title you might expect another one of those sleazy introductions to Perl (I can name a few), but I can happily say that this book is an exception. The overview of the language is excellent and very comprehensible. Even after reading Learning Perl and Programming Perl, I picked up some valuable tips. The chapters on Object Oriented Programming and Perl/Tk are also good. For the Perl/CGI part, you might consider reading additional material, however. All in all, a surprisingly good introduction and reference to Perl 5, both for the beginner and the more advanced programmer.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A Must-Have Perl Reference July 20 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is a must have, and an excellent addition to the shelf of any Perl programmer, beginner or otherwise. You should be comfortable with general programming concepts to get the best use out of it. Great use of examples in here, and a very, *very* good read in comparison to other, denser volumes that cover this topic. Writing style does make it far easier to get the gist in this book, and Mr. Schilli does not bore you to tears with geek prose, thank heavens. You get the info you need with a snappy style to boot.


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