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Linux Journal: Perl Annotated Archives [Book Review]

Jan 01, 2000, 15:30 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Dunne)

"This is a fine book and a good resource for learning Perl. The subtitle, "Code with Commentary", is apt. The book is full of clearly explained code. Studying such annotated examples of practical code is an ideal way to learn a language or increase one's knowledge of a language. The author takes a cross-platform approach, which is nice to see. Even though most of the examples are inevitably UNIX-based, some code is also demonstrated for fixing NT and Macintosh problems. The usual CD with code examples is included. One minor annoyance is the lines are terminated with "CRLF", but I suppose it's easier for Linuxers to deal with this than for those using NT to handle bare newlines."

"The book is divided into four parts. It begins with "Text Processing", which also serves as a basic introduction to Perl. This section starts by rounding up the usual filters, then examines simple file manipulating, and concludes with various types of text database work. After that, "Networking and E-mail" does a good job of illustrating and explaining Perl's excellent support for network programming. Part 3, "World Wide Web", covers the ground one would expect: HTML munging and CGI scripts. The CGI coverage ranges from simple examples to an entire on-line shopping application. Finally, "Administrator's Toolkit" supplies a useful set of tools for systems and network administration. All in all, 11 chapters, with over a hundred clearly and closely explained scripts--there is nothing I can find fault with here."

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