Beginning Perl has 16 ratings and 0 reviews. Perl is an immensely popular scripting language that combines the best features of C, key UNIX utilities and. The book promotes the use of Perl as a programming language, encouraging Title Beginning Perl; Authors Simon Cozens; Publisher: Wrox Press; 1st edition. Perl mpanion k Available. Beginning overs. Perl THIRD I want to start by saying thanks to Simon Cozens for writing an excellent book.

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If you were asked to name some publishers of Perl books, Wrox wouldn’t be the first name that springs to mind. The author of Beginning PerlSimon Cozens, is, on the other hand, a noted Perl hacker who is currently involved in the development of Perl 6. As a relative newcomer to the language, the main question on my mind as I began reading this book was: The first thing that strikes one when reading this book is the standard of editing and typesetting.

It gets off to a bad start the first word in chapter 1 should have been “Virtually”, but the “r” has gone missingand doesn’t get much better. There are an beginninng 28 people vozens with having worked on beginnning book, but even their combined efforts couldn’t stop Apache being spelt with two p’s, the pi symbol being reduced to a blob in several siimon, a chunk of the index pages being misnumbered, and various other mishaps.

The next thing that stands out beginnnig that the book seems unsure of its target audience. The back cover notes that it is aimed at “those new to programming who want to learn with Perl” and indeed, Beginning Perl does kick off with such basic questions as “What oczens programming anyway?

How would someone who needs to be told what programming is in chapter begijning suddenly have acquired a knowledge of C pointers by chapter 7?

Again, this sort of thing should have been caught by an editor. The book does have its good points. The basics are covered reasonably well, and I liked the chessboard example that Simon uses to demonstrate references although even here the pieces are in the wrong order. We’ll deduct more points, however, for not even mentioning a certain monastery in the “useful websites” section, and for the large amount of padding.

The functions reference and the list of standard modules I can just about live with, but by the time we get to cozesn ASCII character set and the GPL, it feels like being strapped to a chair and being forced to listen to Vogon poetry — you just want to scream “Stop!


In the hands of a different publisher, and with a good editor, this might have been a good book.

Beginning Perl (Programmer to Programmer)

As it stands, however, it is difficult to escape the feeling that the author has been rather let down by Wrox. The usual book recommendations for learning Perl are merlyn and Tom Phoenix’s Llama si,on those who already program, and Andrew L Johnson ‘s Elements of Programming with Perl for those who, like myself, are new to the whole thing. There’s probably room in the market for another good introduction to Perl, but Beginning Perl is not it.

Perhaps an improved second edition if Wrox somon planning one might be. I would argue against your assertions.

I per, had good success with Noobs who don’t even have a shell background picking things up from the book. I don’t suggest the Llama book to complete noobs as I have seen it confuss them.

Beginning Perl by Simon Cozens

One junior admin gave up trying to learn Perl after trying to use it. He got this book and now he is on to the Llama book. Beginning Perl is now available for download legally at http: Check out past polls. Replies are listed ‘Best First’.

Beginning Perl by Marza Vicar on Dec 02, at I consider the book to dimon a good intro and a good steping stone. Beginning Perl by Juerd Abbot on Jun 03, at Beginning Perl by jryan Beginhing on Dec 02, at Beginning Perl by gilbert0 Monk on May 02, at All i can say is that I went into Barnes and Nobles as a complete cozenns and programming noob and i took the llama and this book and i compared them.

I noticed the llama was complicated and indeed confusing me. So I bought this one, and i haven’t felt sorry yet. I think it is a very good choice to start perl with if you are a complete noob in programming. Beginning Perl by initself Monk on Dec 10, at The pagination differs drastically from the online version. Remember that when quoting. Beginning Perl by mulander Monk on Dec 10, at Once I started reading I couldn’t get my hands off it until I finished. The author came up with many good examples that do not get you bored fast, and after I finished reading my apetite was so encouraged by the author that I ordered 8 other perl books.


A bad book disencourages you from further reading and this book develops appetite and most importantly he did enough pressure on me to never ever forget to use warnings; and use strict; I think that’s also important.

I gladly recommend this book to everyone that wants to start learning perl, but don’t stop after reading it, dive deeper into perl. Once you hit the bottom you will no longer need air to breath. Sorry for my grammar mistakes, english is not my native beginming. Beginning Perl by pritesh Scribe on Aug 18, at In my honest opinion, I find this a great book. It tells you why a certain output is given the way it is. I do have Learning Perl and am pretty sure that someone with prior programming knowledge would find it quite fulfilling, but for a newbie like me, Beginning Perl is the way to go.

Its been quite a while since the book came out, around year or so, but I still find it quite helpful. So thought its better to put a comment and let all the newbies know. Beginning Perl by tej Scribe on Aug 30, at I think most of the things are explained nicely. However, definately i would say it could be better than it is.

Specially second half of it could be much better. Czens many stories does it take before you’ve heard them all? PerlMonks parthenogenetically spawned by Tim Vroom.

PerlMonks was recently assimilated by The Perl Foundation. Beginning Perl by mooseboy Pilgrim. To be fair, the Beginning Perl wasn’t published until June of ; however, Perlmonks was still in its infancy at this time; for proof, take a look at Ovid ‘s homenode number, as he joined the monastery in early June of I think the most important thing about this book is it’s magical ability to draw you like a magnet.

Hi, I am a newbie to programming. I am very new to programming and about perl i would say Beginning Perl by Wrox was the first book i read. How do I use this? Others meditating upon the Monastery: