April 05, 2003
Ok, from the kid stuff (Perl & CGI för webben) on to one of those red books with scary nerds on the cover. At least this Simon dude looks friendly. Doesn't he look quite a bit like Josef Falk though?
Title: Beginning Perl
Author: Simon Cozens with Peter Wainwright
Irresistible book cover: "Perl is for everyone: the Windows user, the UNIX guru, and even the PDA enthusiast. It's available for a wide range of platforms and has some serious power for you to use. Better still, it's easy, it's really flexible and it's genuinely fun to learn."
How could I ever refuse to take that book with me home from the library? Impossible. As it turns out, Simon is right. Perl IS fun. And not that hard to get started with, provided that you have some prior experience in basic programmin concepts and don't worry too much about the details.
This is a great book. Even for a novice like me, it has a tremendous lot to offer and it is presented in an easy to read manner using good examples and code walkthroughs. Every chapter has a number of exercises with sample solutions (remember: there is more than one way to do it...) at the back of the book.
The first five chapters, up to regular expressions, are very easy to grasp. I am not so sure I will ever understand the part about references though... But they do seem awfully important. ;)
The book also briefly covers object oriented Perl techniques, debugging techniques, cgi and databases. The last chapter is an overview of related topics such as packages for graphical interfaces, LDAP, security and cryptography and more.
I really enjoyed this book. Easy to read, yet challenging. Strong first half focusing on core concepts, more confusing second half (perhaps a bit beyond the "beginning" part of the title...) but definitely well written enough to create more curiosity than fear.
Now it is time to take on the ultimate beginner book: The Llama Book. Learning Perl. Once I am through that (hey, repetition is the mother of all knowledge) I should have enough basic understanding of Perl to actually start reading other's code and start producing reasonable code myself, for my simple purposes.
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1861003145/qid=1051654753/sr=1-4/ref=sr_1_4/104-2212766-5912700?v=glance&s=booksPosted by manne at April 5, 2003 12:20 AM
Tack för tipset!Posted by: jocke at April 23, 2005 10:57 AM