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- Learning PERL the Hard Way
- Allen B. Downey
I was interested in the printed version of this book because it is
done by a Print On Demand outfit called
CreateSpace (but owned by Amazon). A lot of places are offering this now; I wanted to see the quality. There's no reason to buy this if you just want to read it: you can get a free PDF version at http://www.greenteapress.com/perl/.
The quality was about what I expected - decent, not great: no "lay flat" binding
here. Paper quality wasn't bad either - I've certainly seen worse. Whether this
actually represents what CreateSpace does is another question, however: the cover claims that this was published by "SoHo Books", who apparently creates books themselves and only markets through CreateSpace - if I'm following the trail correctly!
By the way, Amazon also offers digital distribution through its Digital Text Platform; I imagine they'll join these together at some point.
What about the content? Well, OK, yes, this is a nice little introduction to Perl. Sixty pages (sixty nine in the PDF). Certainly far less intimidating and a lot more
helpful than the Camel Book (though you'll need that sooner or later anyway). I could carp about a few things where I definitely would have explained something differently, but as always that's just opinion - who knows which explanation you'd prefer?
Tony Lawrence 2009-04-06 Rating: