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Excerpts from Review of Minimal Perl

by Ravi Kumar, at Slashdot.org
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Excerpts from review by Ravi Kumar, of LinuxHelp.blogspot.com, posted at Slashdot.org:

  • This book … takes a unique methodology … "Minimal Perl" is a specially crafted subset of Perl designed to be easily grasped by people who have a Unix background.

  • What is unique about this book is that the author specializes in explaining the easiest way of doing a particular task

  • the author consciously makes sure that the learning curve in acquiring Perl skills remains gentle

  • the author illustrates a web oriented application of pattern matching where he shows how to extract and list the outline of slashdot.org site's front page. And the surprising thing is this is accomplished using just a single line of Perl code

  • the final chapter, apart from teaching how to create modules in Perl and manage them, also introduces the CPAN and ways in which one can find the right module

  • this book is peppered with numerous tables which provide excellent information at a glance

  • the Special Variables Cheat Sheet and the Guidelines for Parenthesizing Code provided in the two appendices are really useful as a quick reference while writing Perl programs

  • I really enjoyed going through this book on Perl, especially because it … takes a minimal approach which does away with some of the seemingly complex nature of this language
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