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Monday November 22, 2004
12:20 PM

Skip "PERL in Easy Steps"

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I found myself in a Barnes and Noble store this weekend, and of course I had to browse the Perl shelf. Alas, my book is gone. But I did spot a new one: PERL in Easy Steps. It's on Barnes and Noble's imprint and they're selling it very cheap compared to the competition.

Now, I didn't read the whole thing, but I did notice a few striking features. First, the author doesn't know a thing about the name "Perl". He insists on capitalizing it throughout the book (ex. PERL) and claims in the first paragraph that it stands for "Practical Enquiry and Reporting Language." Now we all know that Perl isn't really acronym, but even when it is it's Extraction, not Enquiry!

Second, the author doesn't seem to understand the distinction between Perl and CGI. The inside flap lists variables that can be used in Perl, but it's really a list of a few CGI environment variables. Of course that list is completely useless if you're doing things right and using!

As a final note, the book includes no author information that I could find. I looked in the front, in the back and on both covers. Aside from the name, Mike McGrath, I couldn't find anything else about him. Is he a Perl programmer? I doubt it!

So that's what you get for $9. Oh well.


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