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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Well, buying the book helps support the project, and despite the problems you list, if you've never looked at Catalyst (I haven't), it's certainly a powerful incentive to anyone labouring over the construction of web apps to think much more in terms of automating construction of code, and text-based CGI field definition. And it's definitely a good thing to have such documentation, free or otherwise.
    I don't reject you criticism, but I'd also add:
    (1) Some specifically used concepts, e.g. $c->detatch(), desperately need explanation in the text.
    (2) Catalyst is a sophisticated framework, and hence operates at a very high level of abstraction, which means I'd be reluctant to introduce beginners to it. They'd simply be having to learn too much at once.
    (3) If anyone has been thinking HTML::Template was sufficient for your needs, the book makes clear you really should reassess the Template Toolkit, and I speak not just for myself :-).

    I submitted about a dozen typo corrections, and I strongly encourage everyone to do the same.
    • First, people like rjbs are not probably the intended audience for the book. It's probably for beginners, and what beginners want to do is get a web application working rather than understand what they are doing.

      The idea is to change the world, rather than to understand it. (Karl Marx)

      > (2) Catalyst is a sophisticated framework, and
      > hence operates at a very high level of
      > abstraction, which means I'd be reluctant to
      > introduce beginners to it. They'd simply be
      > having to learn too much at on
    • We're collecting errata on the new wiki [thttp] (which will move onto the main Catalyst site soon).