There are plenty of good beginner's books on Perl; what makes this one special is its focus on integrating Perl into real-life, attractively designed web sites. You'd expect that, of course, from Molly Holzschlag, one of the world's leading web design authors. You'd also expect a friendly, accessible approach that doesn't assume you're a programming expert -- and you get that, too. In Perl Web Designer's Workshop, she's joined by expert Perl programmer Jason Pellerin -- and together, they offer hands-on coverage of everything you need to know to use Perl effectively on the web sites you're creating.
Holzschlag and Pellerin cover the basics, of course: making sure Perl's resident on your web server; checking CPAN to see if someone's already written the module you need; avoiding obvious security mistakes; using Perl 5's key features.
For designers, though, the heart of the book will be Holzschlag and Pellerin's coverage of page customization, template-based design, and automating the web site publishing process. Together, these techniques and tools can help you make quick work of even complex assignments involving the rapid creation or updating of hundreds, or even thousands of pages. There's even a chapter on creating your own portal. (Bill Camarda)
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer with nearly 20 years' experience in helping technology companies deploy and market advanced software, computing, and networking products and services. He served for nearly ten years as vice president of a New Jerseybased marketing company, where he supervised a wide range of graphics and web design projects. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.