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  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing; 2nd edition (1 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847199240
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847199249
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.4 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,249,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Antano Solar John


Antano Solar John is a tech evangelist who is passionate about using technology to revolutionize the learning experience! He authored his first book on MODx with Packt in 2008 which was also the first book ever written on this platform.


Antano has contributed massively to the open source community in terms of documentation, code, and support on various platforms based on PHP, Perl, Lisp, Python, Ruby, and so on. His contribution to the open source world has allowed him to meet and model from a variety of people who have learned to code and think naturally! His writing skills benefit from this advantage thereby bringing structure and clarity to the learner.


Antano's first technical publication titled "Help AI Help You-Swiss Knife of Communication" was on Communication and Machine Learning using Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) concepts such as Meta Modelling and Deep Structures, which was critically acclaimed by communication and technology experts. He has also been recently certified as a licensed NLP practitioner by its cofounder Richard Bandler. Other papers by Antano include "802.11 MAC Enhancements-Breaking Barriers of Wireless Speed" that was published in the IEEE Journal, "Learning to Develop in the Open Source World", and so on.


Owing to his experience as a consultant and trainer, Antano has designed course structure and content for corporate learners at different levels on subjects such as Object Oriented Perl, Unix System Fundamentals, Shell basic, Ruby on Rails, and so on. In association with MaFoi Ranstad, Antano entirely designed and implemented a structured course for transitioning web designers into developers through a one-day blended learning program called "Learn".


Antano has been keenly focusing on Accelerated Learning. He has conducted workshops at various reputed colleges and corporate events on how to learn quickly and effectively-technology languages and platforms using strategies that he has developed. His experience with NLP, which is the science of Modelling Excellence has helped him with this effort.


As part of his consultant assignments he has worked on Catalyst from its early stages. He has been a consultant and a trainer providing IT solutions and sessions on VoIP, networks, and software platforms, and languages. Currently, he is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at NuVeda Learning. In his present role, he is responsible for accelerated learning solutions which leverages technology for speed and scale.


Antano's other interests include Music, Dance, Martial Arts, and Chess. He used to play Chess professionally as a child. Antano used to run a successful gaming business when gaming as a business was almost unheard of. He has also won the yahoo hack award twice in India consequently, once for developing a Collaborative Browsing Mechanism using lines of code shorter than this biography without any server or proxy and then yet again for developing a Hybrid Search Engine from scratch in 24 hours that uses Machine and Social Intelligence to identify, search, and distill information in contexts you expect!


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chris H. Laco on 29 July 2010
Format: Paperback
The Good

This book does a pretty good job of covering all of the basics for people new to Catalyst from installation and app creation to using the most common ORM (DBIX::Class), testing and deployment. There always seems to be a debate about what examples books should use for beginners: best practices vs. simple examples. This book does a pretty good job of finding that middle ground in that area. For example, some of the templating examples aren't the greatest when it comes to reuse, but the prevention of XSS and security/html encoding are explained fro the beginning.

I'm also fond of this books treatment of models. While it doesn't explicitly mention "domain model" vs. "data model" arguments, it does a great job of having the user think about having their "models" be reusable and working outside of Catalyst (like in a pl script) before applying "glue" to use those models inside of Catalyst. This is reinforced by creating a few utility scripts to prepopulate the database with data before using that data in Catalyst itself as well as creating non database models for use as Catalyst "models".

This book spends a fair amount of time talking about the most common features of DBIx::Class as well as presenting options to do the same things in DBI without an ORM for contrast. This book feels like it's really 35% of a DBIx::Class book. I think that's a good thing.

Another good area for me was Authentication/Authorization. Those two things aren't the same and a lot of framework book gloss over that fact. This book did a good job of explaining the difference and showing how to implement each part.

One of my favorite chapters of the book was the "Hot Web Topic" area which covered REST and AJAX.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Same book as 'Catalyst: Accelerating Perl Web Application Development' by Jonathan Rockway 19 Jan. 2012
By waldo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book should be titled and referred to as an update of 'Catalyst: Accelerating Perl Web Application Development' by Jonathan Rockway because that is what it is.

The problem I have with it is that I bought 'Catalyst: Accelerating Perl Web Application Development' by Jonathan Rockway after I bought this book, only to find that they are the same book. Good thing I bought a used copy of Jonathan's book and did not spend much on it.

I think this was very deceptive of the publisher and I feel I wasted $12.00 because of this. Not a big deal money-wise, I am more irritated that I wasted my time ordering and anticipating the arrival of the old book. Shame on the publisher.

I worked through about half this book and have never seen a book riddled with so many coding errors. It is like nobody bothered looking for them, they are so obvious - how could anybody miss them?

Absolutely the most poorly published book I have ever seen. This publisher should be ashamed.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Good content. Beginner friendly. 29 July 2010
By Chris H. Laco - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The Good

This book does a pretty good job of covering all of the basics for people new to Catalyst from installation and app creation to using the most common ORM (DBIX::Class), testing and deployment. There always seems to be a debate about what examples books should use for beginners: best practices vs. simple examples. This book does a pretty good job of finding that middle ground in that area. For example, some of the templating examples aren't the greatest when it comes to reuse, but the prevention of XSS and security/html encoding are explained fro the beginning.

I'm also fond of this books treatment of models. While it doesn't explicitly mention "domain model" vs. "data model" arguments, it does a great job of having the user think about having their "models" be reusable and working outside of Catalyst (like in a pl script) before applying "glue" to use those models inside of Catalyst. This is reinforced by creating a few utility scripts to prepopulate the database with data before using that data in Catalyst itself as well as creating non database models for use as Catalyst "models".

This book spends a fair amount of time talking about the most common features of DBIx::Class as well as presenting options to do the same things in DBI without an ORM for contrast. This book feels like it's really 35% of a DBIx::Class book. I think that's a good thing.

Another good area for me was Authentication/Authorization. Those two things aren't the same and a lot of framework book gloss over that fact. This book did a good job of explaining the difference and showing how to implement each part.

One of my favorite chapters of the book was the "Hot Web Topic" area which covered REST and AJAX. While most people are familiar with these things, it's nice that a beginners book covers them. My favorite nugget though is Jemplate, which allows you to essentially reuse templates from your views within your AJAX handlers. While everyone seems to talk about AJAX, I've not seem too many people take up the topic of templating your dynamically generated HTML for the sake of DRY.

Last but not least, it's always nice to be able to download the source code for the examples included in the book.

The Bad

Like all books, there are some things that feel like they were glossed over for the sake or brevity that would've have made for a more complete book for Catalyst beginners.

First, in the tempting examples, this book uses an admittedly "unsupported" module called TTSite, which have the common header/footer/wrapper type issues already implemented. I think it would have been better to walk users through setting up those things using the default view and the wrapper options in Template Toolkit.

This is a minor nit and not really a bad thing, but it would've been nice for the book to talk a little more about the use of go() vs forward() when transferring between actions.

My last complaint is one of linking to CPAN. CPAN modules often change hands or are updated by many people. Almost all of the links to CPAN in this book link to a specific persons account when they should probably be linking to the dist instead:

# Current
[...]

# Better
[...]

The Ugly

The worst part about this book for me was the code formatting. The wrapping of long lines isn't very readable and for the most part it feels like someone formatted code using Microsoft Word. I haven't ready any other Catalyst books for comparison, but the code formatting in my Rails books are much easier on the eyes to read. I don't know if that's due to language differences, color/font choices, or if maybe putting the code inside of images would help.

Conclusions

Without having read other Catalyst books, I do think this book is a good resource for beginners of Catalyst MVC development. People already familiar with an older version of Catalyst might not find too many surprises, but there are a few nuggets of information about Catalyst+Moose and a good overview of DBIx::Class to refresh your brain.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Disappointing and confusing 30 Jan. 2012
By JPH - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
After carefully reading this book, applying the errata, and typing in all the example code, I am still unclear on how Catalyst works. The book needs diagrams showing the control flow of a Catalyst application. I could not get either the MyApp nor ChatStat example applications to work. This would not have been so bad had there been sufficient information in the book to learn how to debug the code.

I have coded in perl for many years and looked forward to using this mature, well supported language for web application development. However, this book left me on the outside looking in trying to find a starting point from which to unpeel and thoroughly understand Catalyst.
Another Catalyst book 5 Mar. 2014
By Paul Newhouse - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Have read this one several times as well. Clearly I need to know Perl much better than I do. Also, need to dig much more deeply into DBIX. (Whew! That was enough to get the review to be taken.)
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Not worth the money. 14 July 2011
By Asktion - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
You're much better off reading the perl modules directly from CPAN, and looking at an existing catalyst website codebase than trying to work from this book. Source of constant disappointment when I'm trying to do something I haven't before in Catalyst.
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