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4.0 out of 5 stars Very close to an excellent book, 7 Jan. 2000
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This review is from: Perl Cookbook: Tips and Tricks for Perl Programmers (Paperback)
A useful book for the experienced or amateur programmer, but I would imagine it would not be the easiest read for a complete novice. An average to good knowledge in almost any other proper programming language would help in understanding many of the terms used in this book. This book has obviously not been written with the novice in mind.
A bit of unnecessary flannel exists in this book and makes some areas over complicated, yet in other areas not enough detail exists. This book is most definitely directed at the UNIX side of Perl rather than just Perl. Useful but being so UNIX biased, it occasionally can be a bit difficult adapting to the Windows environment. Although a small attempt has been made at attacking the problems with Windows NT and Perl, there is no reference to lesser OS such as Win98 or 95 and not a mention of the Mac. This is can be frustrating for some whom may wish to use a none UNIX OS. I have used this book many hundreds of times for ideas and reference in the creation of nearly a thousand scripts and packages all of which I have written and tested on Windows 98 machines and then successfully executed on UNIX machines with no changes.
Sadly (like all O-Reilly) books, the index is not as good as it could be. Most programmers who are looking for a solution to a problem don't always know the commonly used name for the answer and the index seems to have been written by someone who knows what they are talking about with Perl. Sounds like a silly comment but most whom would be using this book don't know what they are talking about and if they did why use the book ? That aside the index is moderately useful but most readers will probably find themselves inserting 50 or 60 bookmarks for the most useful parts and examples.
All that said the information embedded in this book is almost as complete as it could possibly be. Many of the examples and snippets in this book can be used directly and come fairly close to useful for real world use. All in all a very good book with moderately easy to understand texts. If you found either 'CGI Programming on the World Wide Web' or the famous Camel 'Programming Perl' remotely useful, this book will knock you back with the amount packed in. Almost everything from both books and more have been seamlessly tied together in this very good book.
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