Item description for Perl Fast & Easy Web Development by Les Bate...
Don't spend your time wading through manuals to learn Perl. Spend it doing what you do best - creating Web pages! Perl is quickly developed and results-oriented. With this book, you'll move seamlessly from the basics of this language to building dynamic Web sites. Combining easy-to-understand instructions with visual examples, Perl Fast & Easy Web Development offers a unique, hands-on approach to this popular programming language that you won't find anywhere else. Less time, less effort, more results!
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.56" Width: 7.78" Height: 0.93" Weight: 1.57 lbs.
Release Date Nov 12, 2002
Publisher Course Technology PTR
ISBN 1931841179 ISBN13 9781931841177 UPC 082039541174
Reviews - What do customers think about Perl Fast & Easy Web Development?
outdated and poor concept flow Feb 26, 2006
I teach perl and web design at the university level and was very disappointed with this book. The author first covers the basics of perl but does so in a manner for suited for a mechanical user's guide than a tutorial. Each variable type is covered first, scalars through hashes, before moving on to topics like conditionals and loop constructs. In practice this approach means that the student can't run any meaningful test programs until they are, in this case, 100 pages into the book. The author gets around this by using loops in his examples 30 pages or so before they are even introduced.
How to actually get a webserver running is glossed over, with instructions only for Microsoft Personal Web Server for windows 98 or NT (!!!). The HTML introduction uses coding styles and conventions from the early days of the web, before content and style separation with CSS became standard for developers. Here he encourages the use of antiquated things (by web standards) like the font tag and frames, both indicators of outdated web development technique.
As for actually using perl for web development, he doesn't even mention templating techniques and tools such as HTML::Template, Mason or the template toolkit. Without these the user might as well just be using PHP.
I usually am pretty forgiving with technical books so I have to mention something good. I do like the simple way each short topic is presented with screenshots to guide the user along. the text is also fairly lucid and well-written. However, I definitely can't recommend this book mostly because everything it introduces are as if it was written in 1997, which is ages ago in terms of the web. If you want something more modern I suggest something like Suehring's "Beginning Perl Web Development: From Novice to Professional" or just using the myriad of free tutorials online. Both would be far better than this book.
Just like the title says. Aug 26, 2004