Web, Graphics & Perl/Tk Programming
Best of the Perl Journal
By Jon Orwant
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: March 2003
Pages: 448

In its first five years of existence, The Perl Journal (TPJ) became the voice of the Perl community. Every serious Perl programmer subscribed to it, and every notable Perl guru jumped at the opportunity to write for it. TPJ explained critical Perl topics and demonstrated Perl's utility for fields as diverse as astronomy, biology, economics, AI, and games. Back issues were hoarded, or swapped like trading cards. No longer in print format, The Perl Journal remains a proud and timeless achievement of Perl during one of its most exciting periods of development.

Web, Graphics & Perl/Tk is the second volume of The Best of the Perl Journal, compiled and re-edited by the original editor and publisher of The Perl Journal, Jon Orwant. In this series, we've taken the very best (and still relevant) articles published in TPJ over its five years of publication and immortalized them into three volumes.

The forty articles included in this volume are simply some of the best Perl articles ever written on the subjects of graphics, the Web, and Perl/Tk, by some of the best Perl authors and coders.

Much of Perl's success is due to its capabilities for developing web sites; the Web section covers popular topics such as CGI programs, mod_perl, spidering, HTML parsing, security, and content management. The Graphics section is a grab bag of techniques, ranging from simple graph generation to ray tracing and real-time video digitizing. The Perl/Tk section shows you how to use the popular Perl/Tk toolkit for developing graphical applications that work on both Unix/Linux and Windows without a single change.

Written by twenty-three of the most prominent and prolific members of the closely-knit Perl community, including Lincoln Stein, Mark-Jason Dominus, Alligator Descartes, and Dan Brian, this anthology does what no other book can, giving unique insight into the real-life applications and powerful techniques made possible by Perl.

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The articles are generally well-written. They give decent insight into the world of web and graphics programming. But one problem with any book about a dynamic systems such as the many tools used in conjunction with Perl and Tk is that the information becomes stale very quickly.
There is a neat article about using Perl with the GIMP to create custom logos - a problem that I was faced with. However, the article was written using GIMP 1.1 or earlier. The current version at the time of this review is 2.6 - so the information was not exactly helpful.
I would say that this book is helpful in at least getting the reader into the mindset of programming - it falls short of being a useful learning aid.

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