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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (Jan. 2 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596004761
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596004767
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 3.2 x 23.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #271,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"If you are a Perl programming then this is an essential book." VSJ, June 2004 "The authors are clearly passionate about Perl: the writing is sharp, to the point, and - this might sound odd about a topic like Perl templating - exciting. Any monkey could write a book on TT in 100 pages discussing what it does and how it works, but what these three have managed to put together is an explosion of ideas and evolutionary 'wow factor' that makes for compelling reading for any Perl programmer who has looked at JSP and felt a twinge of envy." "574 pages of Perl templating is anything but boring..." "no expense has been spared in making this a high-quality package full of excellent code as well as up-to-date hints and advice. The print is O'Reilly's usual 'animal' style; clear and easy to read, with Perl guru Nat Torkington presiding as editor.Linux Format, October 2004 "If you have a requirement for anything that goes beyond the simple one page 'look at my website', and you care passionately about dynamic content creation and management, then this is definitely the book for you." - Davey Winder, PC Plus, Nov (rating 8/10)

About the Author

Darren Chamberlain is an active member of the Template Toolkit development team.

David Cross is the owner of Magnum Solutions Ltd., a London-based Perl Consultancy, and is also the author of the well-respected Data Munging with Perl.

Andy Wardley is the author of several CPAN modules including the Template Toolkit. He is a software researcher at the Canon Research Centre Europe and specializes in web-related technologies including dynamic content generation, web application frameworks, and the customization and localization of user interfaces and web content.


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I picked up this book because I want to use a templateing system to produce web pages and I grok Perl pretty well. This book seems designed for at least two audiences, people who want to create something like a website using the TT and people who want to hack/extend the template toolkit.
The book is a very gentle and seemingly thorough introduction and explanation. The authors write with clarity and humor. I must admit that the authors write with such thoroughness and gentleness that I sometimes grew impatient. One addition I would have liked is more examples. Chapter 2 carefully explains a complete, but very simple example and Chapters 11 and 12 contain much richer examples. However, I find that I never learn unless I *do* and for such a long book, I was surprised that there wasn't more directly about the application of the TT.
You can use this book and the toolkit without knowing any Perl. The authors explain things well and clearly. However, you will get maximum value from the TT (and grok the syntax most quickly) if you know some Perl. The material on filters and plugins (there is a chapter on each, parts of another chapter about writing your own, plus entire chapters dealing with DBI and XML plugins... it's a good chunk of the book) is wonderfully detailed and probably justifies the book.
I skimmed most of the material on hacking and extending the toolkit. It seemed pretty thorough, even explaining how to alter or replace the TT syntax (right down to a quick tutorial on Yapp/yacc). I learned a lot from the little bit I read. I suspect this would be very helpful to Perl hackers and others as an example.
A note about the toolkit itself. It's very powerful. In many ways, it's like Perl itself (e.g., it has a Perl-like syntax).
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good book for several audiences Jan. 25 2004
By Alan Mead - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I picked up this book because I want to use a templateing system to produce web pages and I grok Perl pretty well. This book seems designed for at least two audiences, people who want to create something like a website using the TT and people who want to hack/extend the template toolkit.
The book is a very gentle and seemingly thorough introduction and explanation. The authors write with clarity and humor. I must admit that the authors write with such thoroughness and gentleness that I sometimes grew impatient. One addition I would have liked is more examples. Chapter 2 carefully explains a complete, but very simple example and Chapters 11 and 12 contain much richer examples. However, I find that I never learn unless I *do* and for such a long book, I was surprised that there wasn't more directly about the application of the TT.
You can use this book and the toolkit without knowing any Perl. The authors explain things well and clearly. However, you will get maximum value from the TT (and grok the syntax most quickly) if you know some Perl. The material on filters and plugins (there is a chapter on each, parts of another chapter about writing your own, plus entire chapters dealing with DBI and XML plugins... it's a good chunk of the book) is wonderfully detailed and probably justifies the book.
I skimmed most of the material on hacking and extending the toolkit. It seemed pretty thorough, even explaining how to alter or replace the TT syntax (right down to a quick tutorial on Yapp/yacc). I learned a lot from the little bit I read. I suspect this would be very helpful to Perl hackers and others as an example.
A note about the toolkit itself. It's very powerful. In many ways, it's like Perl itself (e.g., it has a Perl-like syntax). It has exceptions but scoping seems weak and there appears not to be anything like 'use strict'.
In summary, this is a good book for a variety of audiences. It is very well written and you should leave it's pages with enough know-how to use it for something like web page generation. I learned a lot about Perl and available CPAN modules (in addition to learning a lot about the TT). But I wish there was more direct practical application as examples, exercises, recipes, etc.
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A very powerful and verstile tool March 30 2007
By Craig Frooninckx - Published on Amazon.com
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I used this book on a couple of projects and was very impressed with how helpful it was. A suggest that I would like to see in this already large book is more examples of a full project. Each chapter addresses a part of the tool and the final chapter brings it all together, I would like to see another chapter for an example.
Writing an extension to the Bugzilla GUI? Get this book. April 8 2014
By euphxenos - Published on Amazon.com
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I needed more information on template toolkit because I was writing a Bugzilla extension that needed to hook into Bugzilla's gui, which is written using template toolkit. I found the online template toolkit documentation to be a complete waste of time, but this book was a much better resource. Did I read it cover to cover so I can provide a complete review? No -- I flipped through it, found what I needed, and finished quickly, which is what I'm looking for in this sort of documentation.
Perl web pages March 4 2014
By Paul Newhouse - Published on Amazon.com
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Pretty good reference manual for TT. Many pages are dog eared. Glad I purchased it. Don't need it much anymore.
Very nice book Dec 19 2013
By Jagatpran Amartya - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Its a very useful book. I will recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn application development in perl on the front-end.


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