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Avoid at all costs,
This review is from: The CGI Cookbook: Perl and Java Script (Cookbooks) (Paperback)
There are certain things that a Perl/CGI book should tell you. A short list would include 1/ using "use strict" and "-w" in all your scripts, 2/ using the standard CGI.pm module and 3/ using taint mode to ensure that and data you're reading from the outside world is what you expect it to be. This book contains none of those. When you add to that the fact that Matt Wright is well-known in the Perl community for being a very bad programmer you end up with a book that should be avoided at all costs.
Sure, Matt and Craig explain what they know really well and beginners learn a lot from this book very quickly. But they don't know very much about Perl or CGI. What you'll learn will be full of bad code and misunderstandings about Perl. The worst part is thar Matt and Craig know very little about CGI security and running their scripts on your server leaves you open to a number of attacks from crackers.
Please don't buy this book.