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Professional Perl Development

by Plato (Friar)
on Jun 03, 2003 at 09:03 UTC ( #262599=bookreview: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??
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Item Description: Web server and client programming, Databases, LDAP, Network and distributed programming, Embedded Perl Scripting, XML, Mathematical and computational applications, Graphics, Perl/TK

Review Synopsis: Good text on some more advanced topics using Perl

Authors: Randy Kobes, Peter Wainwright, Shishir Gundavaram with Adrian Arva, Gavin Brown, Arthur Corliss, Joshua Ellis, Pancrazion de Mauro, Simon Oliver, Mark Wilcox.
Publisher: Wrox
Availability: Barnesandnoble
Price: $49.99

After hashing through a few introductory texts, and purchasing Programming Perl. I decided to purchase 'Professional Perl Developement' after scanning through it and reading a couple of its pages in a shop. Its quite a large book, and I still have a long way to go before I've read it all. I found the CGI stuff well written, and a good introduction for me, so much so that I'm already writing some useful applications. I also found the LWP chapters very useful and well written. So a thumbs up for the web sections (from me anyhow). The Tk stuff was very good, the examples all worked for me, and I found it a great introduction. Its given me a taster for Tk, and I've just ordered Mastering Perl/Tk in the hopes that it can provide me with the higher level of detail that just couldn't be covered by the scope of this book.
Overall, well written, with good working examples, and a very useful edition in any Perl library. Maybe some other monk with more experience of databases, etc. would review some of the middle chapters that I'm missing out on.


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Re: Professional Perl Development
by ajt (Prior) on Jun 03, 2003 at 10:16 UTC

    I can't comment on the book directly, but Wrox have gone out of business recently. I believe that two companies have taken over the bits, APRESS and Wiley, and I don't know if it's 100% clear which books go where, and which are dropped yet.

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[choroba]: No, if there are no threads, then the user wants to use MCE. If there are threads, the user can choose.
[1nickt]: choroba Understood. I'm wondering about the logic in a cpanfile. If the perl doesn't support threads, it's easy: require MCE. If the perl does support threads, as you say the user has a choice, so require both? Or, assume that irrespective of the choide
[1nickt]: ... choice, the threaded-perl user *probably* wants to use threads, therefore only require threads and leave MCE out, allowing the user to manually install if desired?
[choroba]: just require any of MCE and threads. Not sure if that's possible in the cpanfile, but should be possible early in the Makefile
[1nickt]: The app expects threads as default anyway, right?
[choroba]: that's true
[1nickt]: expects threads *to be* the default
[1nickt]: I think cpanfile can handle the logic. testing now.

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