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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(), des
    • 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 once.

      My advice to getting a Catalyst application up is to do it very quickly, so it works before the individual parts start breaking.

      That's what I did, but I'm very good at following instructions.