9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
This book is a load of rubbish,
By A Customer
This review is from: Perl and CGI for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide (Visual QuickStart Guides) (Paperback)
I was very disappointed with this book. It claims to be accessible and jargon-free etc, but this is not the case at all. In particular, the descriptions she gives do not match the examples shown to illustrate them, which is very confusing.
It says on the back: "no long-winded passages - concise, straighforward commentary explains what you need to know". This too is untrue in my opinion. If you know what it is you need to know, then you won't find it in just one place, you have to keep searching back and forth for the relevant parts.
Also, there is no straightforward glossary of terms, in particular of perl commands etc. These are just thrown into the mix with what looks like only partial explanations. In fact this seems to be true of the book in general: In an effort to make the book accessible, we are presented with half-facts, which leaves one with the feeling not only of having been patronised, but also that information is being withheld, which has the net result of undermining one's confidence that what one learns from the book is the whole story, ie can be used outside the context of the book.
If you want to be able to do exactly what it says in the book,and nothing more, without very much real understanding of why you're doing what you're doing, then fine, but this book does not equip you to use Perl for your own creative uses, not at all. I'm no better off for having read it, that's for sure.
Very disappointed. Worse than useless.
Am taking it back to the shop for a refund.
Complete load of rubbish.