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Perl / Tk Pocket Reference [Paperback]

Stephen Lidie
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11 Nov 1998 1565925173 978-1565925175 1

The Perl/Tk Pocket Reference is a companion volume to Learning Perl/Tk, an O'Reilly Animal Guide. Learning Perl/Tk is a tutorial for Perl/Tk, the extension to Perl for creating graphical user interfaces. With Tk, Perl programs can be window-based rather than command-line based, with buttons, entry fields, listboxes, menus, scrollbars, balloons, tables, dialogs, and more. And Perl/Tk programs run on UNIX and Windows-based computers.

This small book is a handy reference guide geared toward the advanced Perl/Tk programmer. Novice Perl/Tk programmers will find that its compact size gives them a global view of Perl/Tk's capabilities; they can then turn to Learning Perl/Tk for details. The Perl/Tk Pocket Reference describes every Perl/Tk graphical element, including general widget and variable information, callbacks, geometry management, bindings, events, and window management, as well as composite widget, font, and image creation and manipulation commands.


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  • Paperback: 106 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (11 Nov 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565925173
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565925175
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.8 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,800,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Steve has developed insurance and accounting systems, device drivers (plotters, digitizers, multiplexors, and Arpanet IMPs), word processors, text editors, and system analysis, performance, and monitoring tools. With decades of computing experience, he provides high-level programming and consulting on applications, network management and configuration, file backup, data migration, user interfaces, and operating systems from vendors such as Apple, CDC, DEC, HP, IBM, Microsoft, and SGI. Steve currently programs and manages Lehigh's large-scale scientific computing complex, and occasionally writes Tk articles for The Perl Journal.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the tin ... 16 Aug 2002
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`Mastering Perl/Tk' is a big book, weighing in at over 700 pages, so it's a bit cumbersome if you keep finding yourself thumbing through the pages.
Like all of O'Reilly Pocket References, the Perl/Tk Pocket Reference is small, perfectly formed and contains pretty much all the information you're likely to need.
If you use Perl/Tk a lot, then you shouldn't have to think about whether or not you need to buy this, and it really will fit in your pocket, unlike it's big brother!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Useful as a Quick Reference 3 Jan 2001
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This little pocket guide is very, very useful, as there is soo many parameters to remember, it becomes especially useful.
After reading the Learning Perl/Tk book, this little pocket reference takes over and you'll never have to look at Learning Perl/Tk again.
Great Buy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Better than the main book. 14 Dec 2000
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This booklet is a companion to the Learning Perl/Tk book. Being new to Perl and having as my introduction Learning Perl and Programming Perl I anticipated the same high quality from these two books(learning Perl/Tk and Perl/Tk reference) I was saddened by the first but cheered by the second. If you want a guide you are probably best to buy this and read the man pages. I would not waste my money on the bigger book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Built for Small Trousers 14 Jan 1999
By Jack England - Published on Amazon.com
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While desperately hanging on for Mr O'Reilly's 'Learn Perl/Tk', I needed another fix of Perl and up popped this microscopic manual. For such a fantastic language, possibly the basis of all future non-web GUI development, there is a surprising lack of material out there on Perl/Tk, but this book does sterling work to plug that perldoc gap. As an Oracle DBA on Solaris, I now have more GUI database access tools than you can shake a slider at, and most have arisen from my scavenging of ./demos/widget, 'Advanced Perl' and this tiny reference. Once you get the hang of the foreshortened syntax, it's good to be able to flick from widget to widget without trawling through heavy indexes. I do have two complaints though; one, this pocket reference could've contained far more on 'Tiler', 'Table' and a few of the other more esoteric widgets - you could double the size of this book, and still fit it in an ant's lunchbox; two, if Mr O'Reilly delays the release of 'Learn Perl/Tk' again, I'm going to have to learn super Visual Basic J++ on Windows 98 and to hell with the consequences :-). Seriously though, this pocket reference has saved me hours of tracking down camera-shy Perl/Tk FAQs, and if you don't lose it through a small hole in your trousers, it may do the same for you. Top work.
4.0 out of 5 stars Effective reminders 23 Aug 2008
By William Shakespeare - Published on Amazon.com
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As quick references go, the organization is pretty good. Covers pretty much all you need to remember the syntax and keep you going through those long nights of programming frenzies.
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