Sams Teach Yourself Perl in 21 Days (2nd Edition)
||Author: Laura Lemay, Richard Colburn, Robert Kiesling|
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Publisher: SAMS (31 May, 2002)
Sales Rank: 45,880
Average Customer Rating: 3.99 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 3 out of 5
It just didn't work for me
This book is not helpful for the newbies. Not only do some of the scripts not work, but the way Perl is explained in this book, it just doesn't make enough sense. I learned more from online tutorials that were perhaps 3 pages long than I learned in 15 pages of one chapter of this book. I usually pick things up quite easily, so it must be the book that is confusing.
At least two of the script examples given in Chapters 1-8 had typos in them, and not enough explanation for someone that doesn't know much to figure out what. I am unfortunately going to have to give up on this book to learn Perl and turn to the internet... too bad I spent $35 for the book. I don't recommend this book to anyone except perhaps someone that already knows Perl.
Rating: 5 out of 5
Great beginners book!
This is the book that I used to teach myself Perl.
I was able to breeze through it in 3 days, not 21 days and I would recommend the Teach Yourself series by SAMS to anyone who wants to learn a computer language.
Later when you need a big reference book, I would recommend "Programming Perl" by O'Reilly.
Rating: 5 out of 5
A great introduction to the language
I was able to quickly learn the basics of the language from this book. It is well laid out, gives many clear examples, shows a lot of useful things you can do with the language. I have grown beyond this, but still use it as my first reference when I forget basic stuff.
The O'Reilly books are wonderful too, but I would recommend getting them after you have worked through this book. They do a better job explaining why, but this book is great for jumping into the how.
Also has a very good introduction to CGI, cookies and Perl philosophy.
· Perl Cookbook, Second Edition
· Sams Teach Yourself CGI in 24 Hours
· Programming Perl (3rd Edition)
· Sams Teach Yourself Perl in 24 Hours (2nd Edition)