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  • by Ovid (2709) on 2008.02.20 10:31 (#61169) Homepage Journal

    I also have a Catalyst book review I'm finishing up and I plan to post it soon. I agree that the book is aimed at Catalyst beginners. It's far more about "how" instead of "why". This means that the author doesn't have to spend a lot of time explaining core concepts (such as MVC) and can focus on the practicals, but if people need those core concepts, I still think the book has merit because they can pick up a lot of those concepts by osmosis (perhaps I'm overly optimistic).

    The book has a number of weaknesses (it desperately needs some appendices and it needs a strong warning that it's not for newer Perl programmers), but I still think it has merit. Many core concepts are covered and if you're new to Catalyst, it's a great start. Is it better than the online tutorial? Tough to say as each covers things the other doesn't. The book covers more material than the tutorial but the tutorial can be updated easier. However, the book still makes it easy to follow along and if you can get past the many typos (sigh), you'll find yourself actually building stuff. How many times have you read a computer book which focuses so much on theory that you don't have any working apps at the end?