Item Description: An expanded reference guide to the CGI.pm manual by the creator: Lincoln D. Stein
Review Synopsis: Great intro to CGI and CGI.pm
I am a newbie to CGI. I was tasked with creating a dynamic website for displaying ever changing text in a table. Small, simple, and yet somewhat of a challenge for someone like me who has never done any CGI.
So I grabbed CGI.pm (to use perl, or to not use perl, was never a question :) and started writing samples and getting the feel for the different approaches to both CGI styles and to the differences between the OO methods and the Function Oriented methods (as well as discovering why not to mix the two). I was doing quite well with the simple stuff, however some of the gotchas were plaguing me. So I stopped off at a bookstore and looked for Perl/CGI books. I picked up 2, this one and "Writing CGI Applications with Perl". To be honest I never really opened the second book until after the project.
The biggest attraction to this book was the author, I had previously read "Network Programming with Perl" and loved the way he writes, this book was no different. I gives a great deal of detail to nearly every aspect of CGI.pm and follows it up with practical code samples that are stepped through line by line. Advanced users of CGI.pm might not find the book as useful, however even the pros need a reference sometimes and this book is a wonderful reference.
Wiley is not usually my first choice in publishers of Tech books, however they do supply very good web resources for this one here.
All in all a wonderful intro to the CGI.pm module and to CGI itself.