Item Description: Using LWP to perform a variety of web related tasks.

Review Synopsis:

The LWP module is quite possibly one of the most popular modules. Most perl programmers have used it to perform everything from fetching the 'headlines' from news related web site to writing a 'link checker' or one-line browser.

O'Reilly's new book Perl & LWP is a thin but extremely useful guide for the beginning to intermediate perl programmer who has an interest in mining the web for specific information. At only 196 pages ( approx. ), the information it contains is quite powerful:

I would like to have seen a greater focus on examples, some screen shots, and more module usage but this is still a very good book. As far as audience requirements are concerned, the reader should know ( at least ) basic perl concepts but to fully use the book, sub-routines ( regular and anonymous ), references, and a good knowledge of regexes is critical. A fundamental understanding of objects is also important ( although not required ).

Although this is a small book, what you will gain by reading it isn't.


Edited: ~Thu Aug 1 13:51:24 2002 (GMT) by footpad: Added HTML formatting tags

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Re: Perl & LWP
by dorko (Prior) on Aug 01, 2002 at 18:38 UTC
    Gentle readers also might want to check out Web Client Programming with Perl. It's out of print, but O'Reilly has made it available for free in its entirety via the O'Reilly Open Books Project. Although it was published in 1997 and is surely somewhat out of date, it should serve as a good first pass for people interested in LWP.

    Specifically, chapters 5 and 6 deal with the LWP module.

    My biggest "complaint" is that you can't use the page numbers listed in the index to look things up because the page numbers were striped in the conversion to HTML for the web. Having said that, the price is right!



    -- Yeah, I'm a Delt.

Re: Perl & LWP
by mirod (Canon) on Aug 14, 2002 at 10:33 UTC