As a how-to book, Programming Web Graphics with Perl & GNU Software covers a narrow but powerful niche of Web development--on-the-fly graphics generation. It also focuses on the Perl language and its associated free code modules, making the techniques you learn in this book immediately available for free.
Author Shawn P. Wallace begins with a look at the popular image formats on the Web: GIF, PNG, and JPEG. This chapter offers a quick and fascinating demystification of these critical graphics file types. The next chapter discusses the dance between graphics and Web browsers, with a look at CGI, HTML display, color schemes, and other details.
Among the tools discussed in this book is the GD Perl module for working with GIF files, the GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP), GIFScript, and ImageMagick. The author uses a chessboard simulation application to illustrate how to manipulate graphics dynamically. Some sections focus on graphing, animation, and image maps to illustrate the flexibility of dynamic graphics.
This guide reads more like a brain dump from the author than a comprehensive discussion of Web graphics; however, there's much to be gleaned from his knowledge. --Stephen W Plain
'...is a cross between a how to manual and an idea book. It will empower readers in the often mystical area of graphic creation and suggest new ways to give web sites lively, dynamic content, all without spending a penny on software. 454 pages are hardly enough to provide a thorough course in every tool mentioned, but in each case there is enough material to lift the reader to basic confidence, and the references to take them further. Although without some knowledge of Perl it might be intimidating, the text should be accessible to the complete graphics novice. Shawn Wallace has written an excellent book on a topic which deserves it."'--Gavin Inglis, news@UK, June 2000See all Product Description
This book offers nothing but the documentation found at the CPAN website. They dont even go as far as to suggest any use (other than the obvious) for any function. Read morePublished on May 4 2002
Although the subject matter is great, it lacks a lot when it comes to substance. It is very sad when you have to trouble shoot the example source code from a book that was written... Read morePublished on Sept. 25 2001 by roger wilbert
Mr. Shawn Wallace has once again transformed the graphics programming genre. With this tour-de-force, Wallace sews up perl in a neat little package. Read morePublished on June 24 2001 by "onneb_ruemuhleb"
This book is exacly what you need for creating dynamic webpages. It covers everything from file types to advanced image manuipulation functions. Read morePublished on Nov. 24 1999 by "jdyelle"
I don't know about the rest of you, but I can only stand to grab data out of a text file so many times... Read morePublished on Aug. 30 1999
Yup it's not a bad book but comes at things from rather an unrelenting Unix and Open Source background. Read morePublished on Aug. 24 1999
It's a reasonable start if you want to work with GD, ImageMagick and others, but it's too much a printed version of the manpages. With examples and some tips though. Read morePublished on June 16 1999
Creating graphics, charts and diagrams on the fly with your real-time data --- you got it.
This book covered some really exciting topics and add some favor to your... Read more
For those of you who know just about all there is to know about CGI using Perl, buy this book! This book introduced me to a side of Perl I had never thought of before. Read morePublished on May 15 1999 by Dave Greco (firstname.lastname@example.org)