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5.0 out of 5 stars A most useful and time-saving "do-it-yourself" Perl book.
As a professional client-side web developer, I finally came to a point where I had to learn some Perl for more advanced interactivity and control. Much of my needs are CGI and forms, with a fair share of server side scripting. Now, I have several Perl books on my desk, including a couple of very thick ones. The one that has become worn out most is this "Easy...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Easy steps? more like tiny steps then a giant leap!!
I found this book confusing to say the least. I was looking for a basic guide for someone who has not had any experience in Perl & CGI, and I have found a book which explains everything twice (once in a normal way and then again later in a more confusing way). I did find it very easy on the eyes as it had some nice screen shots but after getting to chapter fourteen...
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A most useful and time-saving "do-it-yourself" Perl book., 6 Jun 2001
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This review is from: CGI and Perl in Easy Steps (Paperback)
As a professional client-side web developer, I finally came to a point where I had to learn some Perl for more advanced interactivity and control. Much of my needs are CGI and forms, with a fair share of server side scripting. Now, I have several Perl books on my desk, including a couple of very thick ones. The one that has become worn out most is this "Easy Steps" book.
If one has at least a little understanding of Javascript and a vague idea of Perl syntax which are somewhat similar, and has experience in HTML (else why would he need Perl?), for him this book is a major time-saving aid. It is like a good "build-it-yourself" book for a home master. If you are sort of a handyman, then a little clever guidance, tips and examples that you can follow can lead you to accomplish a lot even if you do not fully know how an electrical tool works or what cement mix consists of.
In fact, most of the Perl tasks that a typical web developer faces boil down to a rather simple CGI. Unless excess skill costs are of no concern, it DOES NOT take a Perl guru to build forms, make cookies or install passwords... It takes a little learning effort and a good manual. Which this book is.
When I went through "Perl & CGI in Easy Steps" for the first time, I made a note of what I can turn to it for, and since then have been opening it over and over again.
Good job, Mr. McGrath. I only wish those examples were available on line for copy and paste - would save even more time for Perl students and practitioners.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Getting started on interactive web design., 16 Feb 2011
This review is from: CGI and Perl in Easy Steps (Paperback)
I paid the grandiose sum of 1p to by this old book. Perl may not be everyone's choice, but this is one way of getting started on interactive web design.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy steps? more like tiny steps then a giant leap!!, 1 May 2001
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I found this book confusing to say the least. I was looking for a basic guide for someone who has not had any experience in Perl & CGI, and I have found a book which explains everything twice (once in a normal way and then again later in a more confusing way). I did find it very easy on the eyes as it had some nice screen shots but after getting to chapter fourteen I looked at the code and thought "I haven't learnt a thing!". Confusing and a bit of a bad training book, but I have to admit it would be a good reference book for debugging simple code or adding basic operations. It would have been better if it had some form of test after each chapter, rather than a written example which can be just copied exactly and it works without any effort.
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