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4.0 out of 5 stars Explains the basics excellently
An excellent introduction for those with no programming experience. The author does a great job of taking you through the fundamentals of Perl and explains *every* command with an example. Bit by bit you can start to see how everything ties in.
I have read other 'Perl for Beginners' books but none come close to the clarity achieved in this book. The author does...
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3.0 out of 5 stars What it says on the tin
This is actually a reasonable textbook. But out the horrible alliteration, the naff jokes and titles, and you actually have a book that does teach you the basics of perl very quickly. The CGI elements are rather poor and if you really want a book that will teach you substantive perl go somewhere else. If you just want to hack about with a few simple scripts though, this...
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Explains the basics excellently, 12 Mar 2000
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This review is from: Perl For Dummies (Paperback)
An excellent introduction for those with no programming experience. The author does a great job of taking you through the fundamentals of Perl and explains *every* command with an example. Bit by bit you can start to see how everything ties in.
I have read other 'Perl for Beginners' books but none come close to the clarity achieved in this book. The author does a particularly good job in remembering that the reader is an absolute beginner whilst still delivering the goods.
Clearly written and explained and entertaining too - a great 'first-step' in learning the language.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What it says on the tin, 29 Jan 2002
This review is from: Perl For Dummies (Paperback)
This is actually a reasonable textbook. But out the horrible alliteration, the naff jokes and titles, and you actually have a book that does teach you the basics of perl very quickly. The CGI elements are rather poor and if you really want a book that will teach you substantive perl go somewhere else. If you just want to hack about with a few simple scripts though, this book is fine. I quite liked it!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent place to start, 2 Nov 2000
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Despite having no experience in programming, I was able to grasp the fundamentals of programming in Perl very easily due to the book's excellent pace. By the time I had reached the end of the book, I had begun creating interactive web pages using Perl & CGI (which it only covers briefly). I found I had to buy a couple of other books in order to get more information on CGI & Perl though.
This book is a good place to start, nothing more, nothing less.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for beginners, 26 Feb 2005
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This is the best book for starting to learn PERL. I started with this one a long time back and I make my students start with this one. You get to do useful things very quickly and more importantly, the possibilites become very apparent. It also makes a good reference for day to day procedural programming.
Advanced PERL is not touched, which I think is a good thing. So, if you are looking for things like data structures or references or object oriented PERL you will need other books. Other more advanced books will be easier to understand after you have read this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent beginners book, 5 Feb 2000
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I have had experience of other programming languages and it was suggested to me that I learnt Perl. I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn the language in an easy to follow manor.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, 20 July 2010
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As you'd expect from a book in the 'for Dummies' series, Perl for Dummies assumes no prior knowledge, and gets you going as a gentle rate. I'm a fairly experienced programmer in other languages and I've tried other books and find them hard going. Perl is a powerful language for what it can do, but its syntax can be a little obscure. This book takes you through it step by step, and makes it easy going.
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear, simple and useful, 4 July 2000
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The best dummies book I have read to date.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Should You Buy It?, 30 Jan 2001
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well if you are desperate then OK other wise go for sams which I think is better than dummies although would be allright if you like jokes not much fundamental of the language. should you still buy It? decision is yours! personally as a webmaster i didn't like it .....
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