Perl by Example / Edition 4

Perl by Example / Edition 4

by Ellie Quigley
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ISBN-10:
0132381826
ISBN-13:
9780132381826
Pub. Date:
11/19/2007
Publisher:
Prentice Hall
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[A review of the 4th Edition, that came out in late 2007.] One way to learn is to learn by example. Quigley follows this precept in this massive book on Perl. Candidly, there are far slimmer books that describe the syntax of Perl. Typically, these have a few didactic examples. For some people, that suffices. But you might be a newbie to any type of programming. Or perhaps you want a grab bag of many example programs, to search thru in case you can find one to quickly adapt to your needs. In this case, Quigley's book might be well suited. The examples are easy to grasp. Accompanied by exhaustive supporting text. It doesn't get simpler than this. In some ways, this led to complaints in reviews of earlier editions. A few other reviewers saw the examples as perhaps too trivial. Well they are, to experienced programmers. Newcomers need more support. The book also goes into an important usage context. Where you combine Perl scripts with CGI to write dynamic web pages. But beware. The book doesn't really discuss on first principles whether you should use this Perl/CGI combination. CGI has been found to be rather cumbersome for dynamic pages. Programmers tend to favour other methods, like JSP [Java Server Pages] and ASP.