Computer Book ReviewsThe Internet Writing Journal, February 1998
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Java for Dummies (2nd Edition) by Aaron E. WalshIDG Books Worldwide, Oct., 1997.
Trade Paperback, 384 pages.
A useful book for the webpage amateur who wants a basic understanding of what Java is and how to use Java applets and scripts to obtain immediate results. The book is also an excellent guide to websites containing Java applets and scripts available for use in webpages.
Perl 5 Interactive Course: Certified Edition by Jon OrwantWaite Group Press, Nov., 1997.
Trade Paperback, 860 pages.
This is an online course and resource as well as an instruction book on programming in Perl 5. The complete package is thorough and covers all aspects of programming in Perl 5. The companion "ezone" includes interactive quizzes and tests you take as you progress through the course. Coverage of the Perl language includes the basics (if statements, loops, arrays), regular expressions, files, Unix commands, subroutines, object-oriented programming, debugging, security, databases and much more. The enclosed CD-ROM includes all the source code addressed in the book.
The book alone is a great reference, however the biggest advantage is the interactive website where you test your progress through quizzes and exams. This is a great way to learn without having to actually attend a regular university. A recommended choice for the advanced beginner or intermediate level programmer seeking a knowledge of Perl 5.
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