Teach Yourself Perl in 21 Days: Laura Lemay's Teach Yourself Perl in 21 Days (Sams Teach Yourself) Paperback – 23 Mar 1999
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From the Back Cover
Teach Yourself Perl in 21 Days will cover the basics in the first few chapters, and then move to practical uses of Perl and in-depth discussions of more advanced topics. Later chapters will also delve into software engineering topics, with discussions of modular code and object-oriented programming. CGI will be covered in one chapter, but will not be the focus of the book. Teach Yourself Perl will rely heavily on longer working examples and code, as opposed to small snippets and code fragments. Each chapter will include two to three smaller complete examples and one major one that illustrates most of the concepts for that chapter and builds on the chapters before it.
Top customer reviews
I personally struggled with the maze of online resources available but with this book I progressed through the first 5 days in only one day. Within a week I'd picked up the basics necessary to create a script that I needed for work.
The depth and attention to detail lavished on this book really starts to show once you return to it as a reference. As it covers just about everything Perl-related, you can be sure that you'll never need to turn to another Perl book for help again.
The writing style is fluid and well-paced. My only complaint is that it did not come with a CD with Perl on it and the code samples. But that can all be found on the web.
I didn't give it 5 stars because only Hitchiker's Guide (Douglas Adams) and Foucalt's Pendulum (Umberto Eco) get that many.
My recommendation is get this book to get started, and then find the "Camel book" when you are up and running.
It is a good all-round book that covers modules, debugging scripts, security, a bit of cgi and a whole range of other useful stuff; I like it because it explains it all! I don't think that I'll need another reference book for Perl, this one seems to cover everything.
Lots of very clear examples and a nice little summary and workshop at the end of each lession. The CD contained code for everything if you wanted to do things quickly without bothering to type it all in. However, it could be improved by having more NT specific info, such as useful machine/network admin scripts.
I looked at regular expressions with awk a number of years ago, but remembered very little. Laura Lemay makes it easy to add regexps to your programming toolkit.
Perl is C with a dash of spice and a twist of lemon. Laura Lemay is a Master Chef of Perl.
Not the case! Still don't know how to check for browsers and insert simple code to suit, although I suspect it may be useful as I progress in Java S experience. Knowing my luck, it will be out of date by then! Too much unexplained code, hey! we are intelligent people. Give us some tech please. If it cannot be covered in one book, then make a series.
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