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2.0 out of 5 stars If you are looking for practical literature, look elsewhere., 12 Jan 1999
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This review is from: Perl and CGI for the World Wide Web (Visual QuickStart Guides) (Paperback)
The introduction was not extraordinary. Like all Perl books, it answered a few questions that the reader was dying to know, such as: "What is CGI?", and "What is Perl?". The intro even says "It is a beginner's guide to using Perl for one particular purpose- making Web pages interactive." That may sound good, however, I feel that she did an inadequate job in providing practical examples to make a page interactive.
The book consists of chapters that define forms, Scalars, Arrays, and Subroutines. The examples are functional, but not practical. For instance, a form that takes information and produces a simple result. She goes into no detail how the script processes that information to get that result. She often gives a line of code and skips the definition of it. It would have been nice if she explained what the code was thinking and how it decides to process information. Show subtle variations of the symbols will produce an entirely different result. Also, I wanted to see how I could construct a working program with several subroutines that has a practical purpose. That to me is "Interactive".
In summary, she does not give practical examples, she does not give explain the inner workings of how a script thinks, she does not inspire the creativity of the reader. She does give about 400 pretty pictures.
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