in reply to Perl CGI and books


Take book 2 on your list and be very careful NOT to read it. It makes an excellent doorstop, paperweight or some such other thing. Sadly I purchased a copy on the recomendation of a friend and it is full of bad advice and bad code.

The mouse book, #1 on your list, is good, but now somewhat dated. The blue book (number 3) is a good reference, but using on its own is very limiting.

Meltzer and Michalski is useful and possibly one of the better "also ran" books.

Also look for a book by Paul DuBois - Perl and MySQL for the web, it gives lots of good advice on wiriting CGI applications beyond the simple form. Apart form that you can try most of these books on Safari, it has been useful for me so I have no hesitation in recomending it.


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Re: Re: Perl CGI and books
by markmoon (Deacon) on Apr 06, 2004 at 13:14 UTC
    Good catch

    I too made the mistake of buying Matt Wright's book when I was first dipping my toes into Perl. Fortunately for me, grep worked at the same place and slapped me repeatedly about the head and neck, dusted me off and aimed me towards much better sources of info (c.l.p.m., Perl Monks,, and the Llama and Camel books).


    @a = ("a".."z"," ","-","\n");foreach $b ( 12,0,17,10,24,12,14,14,13,26,8,18,26,0,26, 22,0,13,13,0,27,1,4,26,15,4,17,11,26,7,0, 2,10,4,17) {print $a[$b]};print $a[28];
Re: Re: Perl CGI and books
by jfroebe (Parson) on Apr 05, 2004 at 20:20 UTC
    The 2nd book was only $4 so I'm not too worried about it being a door stop. ;-) I have Perl & MySQL for the web but haven't gotten around to digging into it quite yet. I will sign up for Safari tonight when I get home.



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