[SASAG] Reviews of Minimal Perl
tim at consultix-inc.com
Sat Dec 9 09:52:11 PST 2006
Holiday Greetings from the speaker at the November SASAG meeting!
As you may have heard by now, my "Minimal Perl" book is currently
available from all major book sellers. What you might /not/ know
is that reviewers are saying nice things about it too!
So, to help you make informed gift-purchasing decisions during
this holiday season :-), I've collected together summarizes of
the book's reviews below.
Of course, these reviewers only represent a small portion of the
target population, so if you would like to write your own review
of this book, we'd be delighted to have you do so. And if you're
reasonably well known in the UNIX, Linux, or Perl community--or
affiliated with a web-site that is--the publisher (contact:
oldi at manning.com) will help you out by sending you a free copy
of the book.
Minimal Perl: for UNIX and Linux People
author at MinimalPerl.com
>From the book's back cover:
Damian Conway, Author of Object Oriented Perl:
* You could have chosen no better primer than this book.
Dan Sanderson, Software Developer, Amazon.com:
* No-nonsense and practical, yet with wit and charm. A joy to read.
Jon Allen, Maintainer, perldoc.perl.org:
* Brilliant, never tedious--highly recommended!
Jeremy Mates, Programmer/Analyst, Amazon.com
* Great Unix Data Wrangling Cookbook and Reference
* I consider myself adept on the Unix command line, though
I learned several new commands and best practices from
* Recommended to those who do, or want to, spend time wrangling
data on Unix.
* may obviate the need for 'Learning Perl' or a similar
introductory Perl text.
William Julien, HPC UNIX Performance Analyst,
at a Fortune 100 Company
* Perl is a powerful language. [but] It provides little guidance on how
the programmer can effectively make well-written programs. The
goal of the book is to teach an effective programming approach.
* clear and concise writing style
* the book leverages on the reader's capabilities
* Minimal Perl provides survival skills that one needs to meet
office deadlines as well as techniques to improve even the most
experienced Perl programmer
>From The Perl Review, December, 2006
Peter Scott, author of Perl Medic
* Minimal Perl shows how to construct numerous useful programs
without even having to open an editor; it's the ultimate homage
to the one-liner.
* unique value: listing useful clusters of options so you don't
have to learn the rules of how they should be ordered.
* If you want to know about Perl's paragraph mode, this is the
place to come.
* items I found of special value:
+ Coverage of the author's Shell::POSIX::Select [a Perl
implementation of the POSIX shell's select loop];
+ advice to put the main program in a naked block of its own;
+ using -i.$SECONDS on the command line to avoid clobbering
your only backup.
* That last example is one of many in this book of a synergy
between Perl and the shell that you will not find elsewhere.
* Bottom line:
+ shell veterans will find an easy bridge to Perl that speaks
to them in their own language;
+ shell neophytes will find a tour de force road map for
getting useful stuff done.
| Tim Maher, PhD (206) 781-UNIX (866) DOC-PERL (866) DOC-UNIX |
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