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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • I never would have expected Blackwell to be publishing a Perl book. Cool. :)
    • Perhaps this explains the mediocre opinion of this book expressed by the reviewer - It may simply be that Blackwell doesn't yet have the technical editors or reviewers required to ensure that the book is sufficient technical, targetted and not repeating information already available or better covered in existing references (which from my reading of the review were the major gripes of the reviewer). If this is the case, then no doubt Blackwell will benefit greatly from well written reviews such as that link
      • An interesting note. =)

        I think there was one important gripe that you missed: the lack of focus on multilingual processing and internationalization. This is something that is very important to many linguists (I daresay a majority), but which may not be evident even to a technical editor who has no experience in dealing with non-English alphabets.

        Consider this code (replace5.pl), mentioned in the review and available here [arizona.edu]

        open F, $ARGV[0] or die "Oops!\n";
        while ($line = <F>) {
        $line =~ tr/\341\351\355\363\372/aeiou/;
        print $line;
        }
        close F;

        (I won't even start on unnecessary use of filehandles...)

        If this is the extent of his foray into international support, then the book might be more accurately retitled Programming for Linguists: Perl for English Language Researchers

        sample chapter one [blackwellpublishing.com]