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Good basics but example code very buggy!
on 22 August 1998
The book starts off very well, and gives a good grounding in PERL, but is badly let down by very buggy example scripts. You can type them in exactly as printed and get pages of error messages. I was also less than impressed with the Windows NT / Unix information, which doesn't point out the myriad of facilities which do not work in the NT version of PERL (Ping, for example is supposed to work, but as of August 1998 relies on an alarm function which is not implemented in PERL for Windows NT. To be brutal, PERL's own HTML pages have been more helpful once I got beyond chapter four.