Mastering Perl, 2nd Edition by brian d foy, O’Reilly Media Book Review

Creating Professional Programs with Perl

What can be better than getting a book from a renowned author (of at least two other books), a Perl committer, contributor and a person who teaches it, too? Impossible to answer, impossible to beat.

A few words on the raise and… I do not believe there is a fall of Perl, but you may disagree. Perl, even outside of the CGI programming, is still very much alive and… you can do a lot in it! I also see it as a powerful data, text manipulation and processing platform (built-in RegEx, not to speak of the power of CPAN).

The book rocks, even thought I am almost new (I used to write quite a few short-liners in my life under Linux, but they were mostly for some subtle text processing) to Perl. The book does not limit you to exploring the subject as it is represented in the book. Even as you progress through, actually, the book has list of references to other books and supplementary material at the end of each chapter. The material covers numerous advanced topics from how would you debug a Perl program using various debuggers, profile it, clean to how to write your own modules and ultimately contribute to the success of the language. It’s fun and easy to read, has useful concrete examples and short enough code to comprehend.

To my dismay, just upon starting reading this book I realized I picked one of the most advanced ones. So be aware dear Perl explorer, if you are not yet at a Yellow Belt level in Perl you are going to be trained for the Black one with this book. So before late, you may want to acquire either the Learning Perl book and/or Intermediate Perl (from brian, yes in lower case Smile, as is in the webpage of the book itself, even though I would print it in all capital letters), depends what belt you are wearing.

The only few weak points in my humble opinion are:

  1. No coverage for creating charts, graphs
  2. No serious RDBMS interoperability shown, or the use of ORM 
    As it concerns of me, I need to go get one of the lover level books, but I am giving this book a passing mark of 5 out of 5 stars.

Disclaimer: I received this book for free as part of the O’Reilly Blogger Reviewer Program.

Posted on February 27, 2014, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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