LEARNING PERL Paperback – 1997
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After all, once you have learned a language, you do not want a tutorial in it, you want a reference.
However, I cannot fault the quality of the book for doing what it says on the front: it teaches you perl, and makes that progress about as much fun as it could be in the progress. Like Programming Perl, I found I could read this book from cover to cover, almost like a good novel (well, OK, not exactly like, but it's a lot less dry than almost any other computing text I have read).
I would not recommend buying just this book if you want to use perl regularly. Buy "Programming Perl" as well, at a minimum, since that is a more complete reference. But if all you want is an easy but thorough tutorial, you will not find a better one than this. It will get you up and running fast, and with a smile on your face.
This book is very nearly the dog's bits. :)
The 1st chapter (A Stroll Through Perl) is tough. It throws in a lot of code without explanation (e.g. use of =~ operator on p.11) and is very Unix-oriented. If you know C, you'll hack it, but this is heavy stuff for a non-programmer wishing to learn. Programming Perl (this book's big brother) is much tougher again. You would need to be an intermediate/advanced C & Unix hacker to go straight into Perl from there. However, if you come to use Perl regularly (and most Windows folk coming here will be using Perl for CGI stuff), you would be well advised to buy both.
The remainder of the book consists of well-paced examples, culminating in a (for me) particularly useful primer on CGI. I have just completed my first fully home-grown large CGI script, and would never have got there without this book (and CGI.pm).
So 4 stars for general content and concept, 1 star lost for dud humour and the whole "Stroll Through Perl" thing which I think increases, rather than flattens the learning curve. Don't be fooled by claims of Perl's natural or intuitive feel. It is only natural and intuitive for "Hello World" programmes. Beyond that, it is natural & intuitive only for those who have been practicing it for years. The rest of us use it like more forgiving version of C.
The problem is that the book tries to go through all the ways of doing things without adequate explanations. This just resulted in confusing her. It didn't help when I found a syntax error in the book as well.
On the plus side, the exercises at the end of every chapter are good, assuming that you are running on UNIX, which the book seems to take for granted.
Ten is just the perfect score to accord this classic.
This book delivers on what the others promise: Perl in XX Days. Thanks to this book, I learned enough perl to get by with, not in days, but in several hours. A couple weeks later, I had completed the book, and was able to read what I had thought were complex perl scripts. END
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As a trainer, teaching UNIX and PERL, this book is a must. With a well written and easy to follow style it is the perfect teaching guide. Read morePublished on 5 April 2001
Before I read this book, I knew nothing about the Perl programming language. By the time I finished it, I was hooked and needed more! The writing style is fluid and humorous. Read morePublished on 12 Dec. 2000
Ok for people who understand IT but if dont, do not buy this book. It assumes a knowledge of unix/linux and a good knowledge of previous languages. Read morePublished on 24 April 2000
What Can I say .. This is THE book to buy if you're setting off down the great PERL highwayPublished on 12 April 2000
I read this book in 2 days, downloaded Perl off the Web and began writing programs by day 3. It is a good introduction to Perl which does not require any particular knowledge of... Read morePublished on 10 Nov. 1999
This book has taken me from the non programmer I was and helped me to understand the basics of PERL. This is a great book, everyone who wants to learn PERL should have a copy.Published on 28 Oct. 1999