[Chicago-talk] Perl CookBook 2nd Edition Review
Scott T. Hildreth
shild at sbcglobal.net
Sun Jan 11 11:24:33 CST 2004
Book Title : Perl Cookbook, 2nd Edition
Authors : Tom Christiansen & Nathan Torkington
Publisher : O'Reilly
Pages : 964
Website : http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/perlckbk2
Reviewer : Scott T. Hildreth
Contents : http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/perlckbk2/toc.html
Review : Let me start out by saying that I was very excited to review this
book. At the same time I was a little overwhelmed. How much detail
do I go into, the book is so packed full of information and examples.
What can I write about a book that most the Perl community, if not all,
considers a vaulable resource for Perl programmers. I decided I will
just add my "2cents" to the stack of good reviews I have seen.
If you have the 1st Edition, buy the 2nd Edition. If you don't own a
copy of the Perl Cookbook, buy one. This book is, as I stated earlier,
packed full of valuable information and examples. The 2nd editon gives
the reader all the problem/solutions of the 1st edition and much more.
The 2nd edition has updated recipes as well as new ones, which use newer
modules that have come into existence since the 1st edition was written.
Html::Mason, Template Toolkit, and POE are just a few of the newer modules
that are used in recipes. The 2nd edition of the Perl Cookbook also includes
2 new chapters. One chapter covers processing XML and the other new chapter
covers mod_perl. As the "What's New in This Edition" section states,
"The book you're holding is thicker than its previous edition of five years
ago---about 200 pages thicker." These additonal pages aren't filler!
The Perl Cookbook 2nd edition is a must buy for the beginner to advance
Perl programmer alike. If you have a problem, the Cookbook can give you a
solution or at least point you in the right direction. Sometimes I like to
just open the book to a random recipe and learn about a new module or see a
different aproach to tackling a problem, TMTOWTDI. My only complaint is that
there is not a chapter on using parsers/tokenizers, such as Parse::RecDescent
and Parse::Yapp. Although that topic should be a book in itself. Yet, this
does not prevent me from giving it a full set of stars or whatever the rating
system may be.
E-Mail: Scott T. Hildreth <shild at sbcglobal.net>
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