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  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Prima Tech; 1 edition (10 Jun 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931841772
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931841771
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 18.4 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,555,917 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Introduction 1. Friday Evening - Introducing Perl 2. Saturday Morning - Variables and Other Fun Stuff 3. Saturday Afternoon - Using Files and Perl Options 4. Saturday Evening - Expressing and Stating 5. Sunday Morning - Objects and Object-Oriented Programming 6. Sunday Afternoon - Putting It all Together 7. Sunday Evening - Learning Advanced Perl Techniques Appendix A: Using the Companion Web Site Appendix B: A Quick Perl Language Reference

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pim Bussink on 17 Feb 2004
Format: Paperback
Please note that I have this book with Thomas Nowers as author, released in 2002, ISBN 1-931841-77-2 - looking that up in Amazon leads me to the the Gutschmidt book, bizarly.
Anyway, I borrowed the Nowers book from the local library and after 40 pages had to fight the urge to start pencil-editing it. I have counted over 40 bad errors in both the text proper and (worse) the coding examples. Apart from that, the writing style is poor (the author overuses phrases like "really" and "to be honest" without adding any meaning to his arguments), sections and sentences are repeated and often seem unconnected where an internal reference would have been natural. The author could have saved himself the thank-you's to the people that contributed to his book by editing it.
Hopefully, the new author has significantly improved the new version (if that is what it is).
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Amazon.com: 6 reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
There's only *one* saving grace for this book. 14 July 2003
By Jim Henk - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Since the code samples in this book are positively rife with typos, it forces the reader (if truly interested) to seek out the correct answers from other sources, and to experiment until something actually works. So I suppose that's intensive, but certainly not my favorite way to learn. *Why* didn't I keep my receipt? The code samples on the companion web site are also wrong. Incidentally, I sent an email to customer service. As expected. No response. AVOID!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Not what you'd hope 6 Jan 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Learn Perl in a weekend ? Yes if all perl consists of is writing a print statement n different ways.
Many of the examples do not work or are poorly edited.
Page 56 for example has an example of the split command that shows two quotes rather than two slashes.
It may sound trivial but it is important when the student has no other frame of reference.
The flock command does not work on win2000/nt the author acknowledges this but offers no other example a student could learn from.
After this the only this the rest of the book consists of is print statements with differing contents.
By the way. The game the cover refers to.. You guessed it... More print statements.
My advice is not to waste your money. Purchase another book such as one from O'Reilly
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Where was the proof reader? 1 July 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
It might be possible to learn the basics of Perl in a weekend by studying this book, IF there weren't so many mistakes and typos in the code examples to slow you down. The author keeps referring to a companion web site from which to download the code if you have problems running the examples. Apparently, it was known early on that much of the code in the book wouldn't work. Frustrating.
very first code sample doesn't work 17 Jan 2014
By Joseph Weiner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Yes that's right. the basic html file doesn't even display "hello" or whatever it is. I am
pretty sure the syntax is completely wrong.
Typos are terrible! 18 Dec 2006
By Andy Schafer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I agree as well with these other reviews! One thought though; maybe they were intentional, I think I learned more from troubleshooting the code and figuring out what was wrong. I had to use other books and the internet to do it though!!! Buy a different book!!
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