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Win32 Perl Programming: The Standard Extensions (2nd Edition) Paperback – Sep 10 2001
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Core Perl is an incredibly powerful programming language that has proved a major hit with the Unix and Windows programming community. Add a whole heap of plug-in modules, and it raises the language to a whole new level of usability and usefulness.
In this excellent volume, author Dave Roth (who, coincidentally, is a prolific Win32 Perl module writer) thoroughly documents and explains the standard extensions, gathering for the first time all of the information vital to squeezing the best from these freeware ad-ins.
From ODBC to user authentication over networks and even playing .wav files, there's something here to interest anyone using Perl on a Windows-based platform. Roth even explains the intricacies of using the Win32::API module to access dynamic-link libraries (DLLs) directly--powerful stuff, indeed.
Backed up by dozens of useful code snippets and examples, this is such a useful book that no self-respecting Win/Perl hacker should be without it. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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This book is a guide to Perl¿s most common Win32 extensions, grouped by their functionality. The new edition updates coverage from Perl 5.05 to current Perl version 5.6. It also includes new chapters offering critical, badly-needed information regarding security for Win32Perl, the topic most highly requested by reviewers. The appendices have descriptions and syntax of each function in the extensions covered. Each chapter makes extensive use of code segments to illustrate the use of specific functions and real world scenarios in which these functions can be used.See all Product Description
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I got the impression that the author concentrated on the extensions he developed very well but only gave the the other (more useful?) extensions a decent explanation if he was interested in them.
The book starts off well detailing error handling and system administration for Perl on the Win32 platform. It started to dissapoint here as, in places, much more detail is included on the authors own web pages. There is a lot of detail on the more esetoric details of Win32 Perl such as Com & OLE, consoles and sound. This stuff is interesting but not as important as the more common and useful extensions dealing in, say, system administration.
The author (not surprisingly!) treats the extensions he has written himself in most detail - ODBC in particular. This is fine but glaring omissions are even here. For example the chapter on communication mentions the win32::pipe and win32::message extentions but nowhere does it explain that these are additional extentions that need to be downloaded and installed first (in most cases at least). I know from first hand experience that this would fox a newcomer to Win32 Perl builds.
You will find information in this book that does not exist anywhere else. After reading this book, you will find yourself using Perl to do things on your NT box you wouldn't have considered possible with a scripting language.
Mr. Roth provides many code samples, and sufficient background in the text. The information on ODBC, Pipes, and Sockets is worth the price of admission alone.
While not without flaws, an invaluable resource for the serious Win32 Perl programmer.
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If you are doing Windows programming, and you've been suffering through trying to figure out how to enumerate the machines and users in your domain(s), change passwords, gather... Read morePublished on June 28 2002 by Shawn A. Clifford
This book does one thing and does it well: It documents and thoroughly explains the Win32 API available in Perl 5.005. Read morePublished on May 30 2000 by Freyr Thorarinsson
I agree that there are a few typos - but as other reviews have pointed out, most are obvious.
In addition, you won't find more clear or concise examples of how to use the... Read more
It definitely goes well beyond the O'Reilly "Learning Perl on Win32 Systems" book. However as other people have mentioned ther are numerous errors in it. Read morePublished on Sept. 21 1999
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