on 6 June 2005
I bought the book, hoping for a few tricks and tips on how to connect to MS SQL Server, and maybe a few insightful ways of leveraging Perl in the background.
Instead, the book is filled with ways of retrieving data that is just as easily understood when typed in at the command prompt. With the odd utility here and there.
All connected up through the authors own utility script.
There is little hard information on the way Perl works with MS SQL Server, nothing on various connection libs, nothing that is different to a basic book on how to administer SQL Server.
It seems like he's read the basic 'how to' on administering a SQL Server, and simply written a wrapper for all the commands (using his own utility libs) and written it down in a book.
The index is a mess (how many pages which begin 'for...' or 'of ...' with the rest not ordered?).
Useless for both the learner and as a reference.
"Perl for System Administration" is a far superior book, with all the info necessary to connect to a SQL Server given explicitly and easy to find, and spends the book explaining WHY things are done.
This gets a 1 star because I simply don't have the option of rating it lower.