on 10 October 2004
Alas this book doesn't live up to expectations after reading the author's excellent "Learning Perl". OK, the topics covered are more complex but the author seems to revel in complexity and loses his didactic sense. Chapter 8 on Objects is particularly convoluted, going round and round in circles, exhausting every permutation of TIMTOWTDI before delivering a workable method. If you want a tour of Perl's internals this may be the book for you but if you're looking for a practical guide to objects, references and modules the relevant chapters in "Programming Perl" and "Perl Cookbook" are better options.
on 1 April 2005
Save your money and look for tutorials on the WWW!!
I really would not recommend this book to anybody other
than an avid fan of an American TV series called
Gilligan's Island around which many of the examples
are developed. The author has sadly made the all-to-American
assumption that the entire world would know what this is.
I'm sorry to have to say this because I quite liked
Schwartz's "Learning Perl" but I found this more
recent book no help at all for the more advanced Perl
programming I needed to do. Perhaps the book was written
in a bit of a rush.
The examples are generally poor, the indexing useless and
the author's fixation with Gilligan's Island
(though doubtless intended to create a fun learning context)
becomes an irritation. I'm not sure it was even shown in the UK.
I'm now hoping to hawk my copy on ebay if anyone will have it.
Save your money. I have REALLY regretted buying this book.