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Re: Re: Web Programming with Perl 5

by Anonymous Monk
on Jan 14, 2003 at 01:12 UTC ( #226678=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: Web Programming with Perl 5
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If this is not enough info I can measure my copy to provide you with the dimensions

Your original review was in fact 4 short sentences and said next to nothing. My post was simply a suggestion that in order to be useful, the review should be more in-depth. I then posed a number of questions that you could answer to improve the review. This all should have been viewed as constructive criticism and either used to improve your review, or ignored and possibly countered if you felt it would not improve your post.

The book itself is divided into 16 chapters, all of which are simple, easy to understand, and concise and clear.

I could ask, how are they clear. I could ask for examples of the clarity. I could ask for what the sections actually cover. I could ask how well they cover them and if there are any deficiences.

The code is exactly how Perl is meant to be.

I could ask what exactly "Perl is meant to be." I could ask if this means the author uses strict and warnings. I could ask if it fits its intended purpose (ie to teach) and is not unecessarily complex. I could ask thousands of other questions, but honestly, I don't care and I doubt they'd be used by you to improve anything.

So in conclusion:

  1. If you're going to post something, make sure it adds something of value.
  2. Accept constructive criticism as what it is intended to be, constructive. Flaming your critics will just deprive you of their assistance.
  3. If you do post something without worth and choose to change it at a later date, at least place an accurate update notice. Changing a post and misrepresenting its original content is extremely bad form.
  4. I don't care if you follow the above advice. You're the only one that loses.
  5. I shouldn't have bothered to write this reply, it's a waste of my time, may as well post it now though.

Adios.

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re: Web Programming with Perl 5
by Bismark (Scribe) on Jan 14, 2003 at 02:23 UTC
    I will admit I mispoke. I meant to say that my original reply to your post got messed up. It seems that when I thought I was replying, I was in fact replacing my first post.

    I am not sure what you mean by the term "flaming", however, if I did it, it was truly unintentional.

    I found it difficult to understand how you expect me to know what the author does with his money. I do not know many people that could give such information. Also I do not feel that it should play any part in whether or not you buy a book that has good information in it

    As for the chapters being clear, well obvious to me, but maybe not to others, this is my opinion. I thought that was what a review was. I did not realize that I should give a list of each chapter. Or is that not what you were asking for?

    When I said that the code is how Perl should be, I was trying to convey the fact that it followed the strictest format and is written as most Perl programmers try to get their code to be. It is clear. Not obfuscated at all. Does not seem to have any unecessary code in it and as it is in use in a few classrooms that I know of I would say it is a good reference. Again, this is my opinion.

    I must admit that I read quite a few of the other reviews and several of them lacked the detail that you wanted from this review. I will apologize for the comment regarding the dimensions. That was uncalled for and I am sorry. To me your first reply seemed very insulting and I took it more personally than I should have. If I post anything in the future I will try to make it more useful. Kerry
      I am not sure what you mean by the term "flaming"

      Flaming

      I found it difficult to understand how you expect me to know what the author does with his money.

      Sometimes an author may state that x% of the proceeds of the book will be given to a charity/organization. This was just off my the top of my head and was not a very important point on the list.

      I did not realize that I should give a list of each chapter

      No need to really list off each chapter, just what the major topics the book covers. On a re-read you did in fact do this in the follow-up post.

      When I said that the code is how Perl should be, I was trying to convey the fact that it followed the strictest format and is written as most Perl programmers try to get their code to be. It is clear. Not obfuscated at all. Does not seem to have any unecessary code in it and as it is in use in a few classrooms that I know of I would say it is a good reference.

      Good explanation :)

      Anyways, seems all to be a misunderstanding, no harm done :)

      Cheers.

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