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(Ovid) Re(2): I have a lot of problems w/ my scripts, but this may be the biggie. Please read

by Ovid (Cardinal)
on Jan 07, 2001 at 11:09 UTC ( #50327=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: I have a lot of problems w/ my scripts, but this may be the biggie. Please read
in thread I have a lot of problems w/ my scripts, but this may be the biggie. Please read

This book is available on Amazon (but I don't shop at Amazon). However, I have concerns about it. From the Amazon site:

From the Publisher
With a review by Tom Christiansen, one of the original Perl founders, this is one of the most comprehensive books on the market, covering Perl OOP structure, socket programming, HTML conversions, building Internet search utilities, and more! - Focuses heavily on the Windows NT version of Perl
Offhand, that almost seems reasonable, but I noticed that it didn't explicitly state that Tom Christiansen wrote what's mentioned. I suppose I'm just being cynical.

Reading through the reviews is not reassuring. They talk about the book being "confusing" and the general opinion seems to be that it's a decent book, but tough to follow. Of course, the reviews for Elizabeth Castro's pitiful excuse for a CGI book are pretty glowing, so I take them with a grain of salt. You can compare them to my dissenting viewpoint.

The major thing that gives me pause it the mention by one reader that the book was published in 1996. I currently have CGI Programming with Perl (2nd edition), but I also have the first edition of that work. They are very, very far apart in terms of quality. The first edition often ignores many of the things we take for granted: strict, taint checking, CGI.pm, etc. Older books on Internet programming, while they may have been "decent" for their time, are generally to be avoided.

Of course, who's going to listen to me after my major brain cramp on this post? :)

Cheers,
Ovid

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