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Re: PERL and CGI For the World Wide Web

by davorg (Chancellor)
on Feb 20, 2001 at 13:56 UTC ( #59621=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to PERL and CGI For the World Wide Web

There's already a review of this book here and it's a good deal less complimentary than yours. Here are some bullet points:

  • No use strict or -w
  • No use of
  • Cursory discussion of security relegated to an appendix

It is the best of the 'non-programmer' Perl/CGI books that I've seen - but that really isn't saying very much :(


"Perl makes the fun jobs fun
and the boring jobs bearable" - me

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Re: Re: PERL and CGI For the World Wide Web
by fenners (Beadle) on Mar 19, 2002 at 13:11 UTC
    I bought the second edition of this book because I knew a little about Perl but nothing about CGI programming for the Web. I found it excellent, and liked the way it recommended and explained how to install a local Windows server on which to test scripts. Yeah, I already knew html, but lots of people don't and it is a beginners book.

    The second edition appears to address the issues in ovid's review;, -wT etc. A whole chapter (admittedly not many pages, but it's a start) is devoted to security, and also points the reader to suitable sources for security information.

    Sure, there are faults in the book, but the point is that it's an easy read and gets the job done - not perfectly, but it can be improved later. It's a Quick Start - it doesn't claim to be the definitive teach yourself Perl or Web Techniques.

Re: Re: PERL and CGI For the World Wide Web
by bladx (Chaplain) on Feb 20, 2001 at 20:48 UTC
    In response to the previous responses, yes, this book has already been reviewed here at, BUT I figured that there needed to be a shorter review so that the general public could read it faster and understand what this book was about. It contains more of useless homebrewed parsing and so on and as stated by davorg it doesn't use or -w etc. Thank you for your comments though. --bladx

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