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Matts (1087)

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I work for MessageLabs [] in Toronto, ON, Canada. I write spam filters, MTA software, high performance network software, string matching algorithms, and other cool stuff mostly in Perl and C.

Journal of Matts (1087)

Sunday February 17, 2002
04:11 PM

mod_perl Cookbook

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I spent some of this weekend [1] reading Geoff, Paul and Randy's [2] mod_perl Cookbook, which I was sent a copy of to do a review. I'm having a hard time faulting the book. The recipes are excellent, and the commentary on them well thought out and thorough. The book even covers some experimental features of mod_perl, and makes sure the reader knows that. The one thing I can possibly comment on the negative side so far is the typesetting. I guess I just get used to O'Reilly's typesetting, which is always very clear. SAMS appear to try slightly more modern typefaces (such as Lucida Mono for source code), unlike O'Reilly's stock Courier. And there's also some typographical errors in the print towards the end of the book (a couple of examples contain double-line gaps in the source code). But apart from that I can heartily recommend it, at least so far. I'll be sure to write a more complete review when I feel I've read enough of the book.

[1] I went up to York to see my mum who is just out of the hospital from having a cancerous lump removed from her breast, but it was small, and she seems to be doing just fine.

[2] Sounds like a 60's pop band.

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  • I saw that one in the bookstore last week (when looking for my own book). It looked quite good, but I wanted to see if someone would send me a review copy.

    It's always a gamble...

  • sounds more like a group of porn stars to me, but I have a strange mind.
  • I don't have anything to say about "O'Reilly's standard Courier" except that for the longest time it wasn't Courier, it was "Constant Willison" named after our (late) top dog Frank Willison.

    I still get whines from Framemaker when I try to open book files that I'm missing Constant Willison. You bet I am, Adobe.


  • I agree - there's something about the feel of an ORA book that no other publisher has (maybe they spray their pages with pheromones [] or something). Overall, though, I'm happy with the Sams layout - it's a bit different than what we're all used to with ORA, but so is Manning and other publishing houses that produce decent books.

    As for the typos (or larger errors), if you happen to run across any we would be very interested in hearing about them at our errata page []. Sams is very interested (as are we, of cou