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Linuxnewbie.org: Learning Perl/Tk [Book Review]

Feb 09, 2000, 21:12 (1 Talkback[s])
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"Ever since I first came across Perl, I've loved its flexibility and simplicity in Getting The Job Done. So when "Learning Perl/tk" came through my door, I eagerly unwrapped it and delved into the wonderful world of creating GUI apps with Perl. However, before analyzing the content of this book, I'll give a brief background."

"Being faced with trying to describe Perl in a few words, my vocabulary fails me. It (as most people will surely know by now) was created by Larry Wall as a way of making his job easier, and since then it has developed into one of the most powerful languages out there. It has been ported to many different platforms, has numerous modules to work with, is extremely well documented, and is all completely license free to boot. It is, in its basic form, a flexible text processing language, and a "glue" language, but its speed and flexibility has allowed it to thrive in areas such as Web automation, CGI programming, Database access, and Object oriented programming. This is all just the tip of the iceberg too...."

"The book (like other Perl books in the O'Reilly series) starts off with some examples of coding. This one is a short and sweet "hello World" button, and disappoints me by having syntax errors in the program. This is the kind of area where you previous Perl experience comes in. The mistake is minor, but still doesn't instill confidence in the book as a whole...."

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