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Here is a description of my interaction with another publisher. For some reason they reinforce the notion that Publishers believe their Customers to be absolute idiots who are not to be cared for under any circumstances. How Not To Design Web Sites OR How Not To Ignore Customers I bought the book "The Practice of Programming" by Brian Kernighan and Rob Pike. I have liked reading Kernighan and Pike ever since I learned Unix from their famous book of a while ago -- "The Unix Programming Environment". At the back of the book, there was a URL that promised to have a site dedicated to the book. The site was http://tpop.awl.com. To call it hideous would be a gross understatement. All around the start page, there is a perimeter of useless graphic buttons about 3 inches thick. The meat of the matter is buried in the middle. The page took about 5 minutes to download over my modem line. Along the lower boundary, I see an error message "No matching titles (catid() is empty)". As a ...
Here are a few reasons I tremendously like Perl:
Its close to C in structure.Which means that even lesser programmers from universities across the river Charles from east Cambridge can learn and master it :-)
There are an ample number of pre-written modulesthat are available on most every single topic. All open source.
Dynamite regular expressions, as a core language feature (and not added on as an afterthought by compiling in Henry Spencer's regex library).
A wonderfully written set of books. I love Programming Perl (2nd edition -- every time I have a question I find the answer somewhere within its pages). O'Reilly has an excellent set of Perl books that target developers from novice to expert.
Well supportedby http://www.perl.com and any number of people who are happy to charge you for support that can be found free with some searching
Copious amounts of good quality documen...
I went to Philip's seminar to hear him speak on his web experiences. Philip comes across as a very entertaining speaker who has worthwhile things to say. I found his seminar interesting and about the best quick introduction to the web world that I could ever find. There is another reason I attended his seminar. My employer paid the $175 it cost. This meant that I could get much more knowledge in a working day than I could reading a page here and a page there on the bus and at home. It was an efficient use of my time. [To most consulting companies, $175 is small change].