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  • Paperback: 500 pages
  • Publisher: Coriolis Group,U.S.; illustrated edition edition (Mar. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576104265
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576104262
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.4 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 720,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steve Holzner, PhD, received his undergraduate graduate degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his PhD at Cornell University. He also taught Physics at Cornell University for over ten years and is the author of Physics For Dummies, Quantum Physics For Dummies, Physics Workbook For Dummies and Quantum Physics Workbook For Dummies.

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Steven Holzner (Cambridge, MA) is a former contributing editor for PC Magazine and has authored more than 60 books ranging in subject from assembly language to C++. His books have sold over a million copies and have been translated into 15 languages. Steven was on the faculty of Cornell University for 10 years, where he earned his Ph.D., and has also been on the faculty of his undergraduate school, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Frank Quinn on 11 Jan. 2005
Format: Paperback
Everything in this book is really well laid out and it truely is comprehensive. There is information in here which is well beyond the scope of the beginner, yet it builds itself from the ground up. Not to mention its really cheap!
My advice is not to buy this book if you're a newcomer to C - go learn C (or some other procedural program language) before you get this book if you haven't done so already. Not because it's so difficult to learn but because you should really have some sort of knowledge of good, optimal programming practice before you start coding.
Perl is a powerful language but allows for a lot of bad practice, so make sure you know a little about programming, stick "use strict;" at the top of your code, get ActivePerl if you insist on coding in Windows, and get coding!
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By A Customer on 26 July 1999
Format: Paperback
The style seems well suited for browsing, for learning from, and for answering the "how do I?" questions that may arise.
The examples are well constructed, and the section text only deals with the idea under discussion. Personally, I find this approach useful, sinde the examples are written such that I don't really care what the other lines are doing, just that they are needed to get the code running. If I need to find out what these lines do, I'd look for them elsewhere. It keeps the prose neat and uncluttered, and reduces repeated explanations.
As for learning, this approach of giving the solutions is good if you're learning on the job, since all you know is what you want to do. For a course, this book would not be laid out in a suitable way, and you'd find yourself flipping through the book a lot.
verall, then, a clear tool for programmers when faced with known problems, who want a fix in perl. For a self-tought or classroom situation, this book isn't so good, but once you are actually USING the language....
I wonder what the others in the series are like?
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By A Customer on 18 Aug. 1999
Format: Paperback
The first Perl book I've seen that is truely great for beginners, great for people who are already Perl programmers, has a lot of example code, is a great reference, has a good reference section, and also seems to not leave any important details/sections out. The fact that it is very well organized/divided is definately a plus! Any person who wishes to learn Perl or have a great reference, MUST have this on their bookshelf.
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By A Customer on 1 Dec. 1999
Format: Paperback
This is a great reference book with handy examples for each command. It isn't a book to try and learn Perl from scratch, but if you know it or are seeking to improve your Perl it's great. Nice section on debugging but could maybe do with more on OO style rogramming (a minor gripe!). All in all I'd recommend this book to anyone working with Perl.
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