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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Ah. Deja-vu. This reminds me a lot of the time I spent doing detailed reviews of "Perl and CGI for the World Wide Web" and "CGI 101".

    I left a comment on the book's feedback page and I got a response from the author which pretty much missed all of the points you've made. I've send another, more detailed, reply. I'll let you know how it goes.
    • I received a reply, too. I'm rather disturbed at how blithely the author took the my commentary though I must say that I was happy the publisher took the report seriously enough to contact the author.

      • I emailed the publisher explaining that none of the best practices that have come about in the last ten years were included in the book, etc. I got the following paraphrased response from the author:

        I am surprised and impressed that a professional PERL programmer bought my book.

        My code examples produce the correct output for the environment I specified.

        Due to space restrictions I decided not to enhance the code examples to improve security, instead I kept them short for simplicity.

        Thankyou.

        • OK, that's very interesting. You see, that's the exact same response I received. I wonder if the publisher is lying?

          I'm sorry this reader was unhappy with my PERL book. I am flattered, and a little surprised, that a professional PERL programmer is buying this book. The listed code examples produce the illustrated output in the environment described. These could be enhanced to improve security but the additional code would extend beyond the space available. The examples are kept brief for simplicity. Tha

          • Yes, that's exactly what I received. From Harshad Kotecha.

            It might not be the publisher who's lying. It might be that the author has a canned response to any criticism brought to him from someone who knows what they're talking about.

            Who knows? The response to me looked genuine enough. It's definately shoddy work to send the same response to two different letters presumably bringing up somewhat different issues!