Learning Perl/Tk
Graphical User Interfaces with Perl
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: January 1999
Pages: 373

Learning Perl/Tk is a tutorial for Perl/Tk, the extension to Perl for creating graphical user interfaces. With Tk, Perl programs can be window-based rather than command-line based, with buttons, entry fields, listboxes, menus, and scrollbars. Originally developed for the Tcl language, the Perl port of the Tk toolkit liberates Perl programmers from the world of command-line options, STDIN, and STDOUT, allowing them to build graphical, event-driven applications for both Windows and UNIX.This book is aimed at Perl novices and experts alike. It explains the reasoning behind event-driven applications and drills in guidelines on how to best design graphical applications. It teaches how to implement and configure each of the Perl/Tk graphical elements step-by-step. Special attention is given to the geometry managers, which are needed to position each button, menu, label and listbox in the window frame.Although this book does not teach basic Perl, anyone who has written even the simplest Perl program should be able to learn Tk from this book. The writing is breezy and informal, and gets right to the point of what you need to know and why. The book is rife with illustrations that demonstrate how each element is drawn and how its configuration options affect its presentation.Learning Perl/Tk is for every Perl programmer who would like to implement simple, easy-to-use graphical interfaces.

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    Comments about oreilly Learning Perl/Tk:

    This book is not really available new anymore. But you can still find used copies of it I'm sure. It as been somewhat replaced by Mastering Perl/Tk.
    I have BOTH books.

    I find this Learning Book VERY useful when I can't grasp that Mastering Perl/Tk book, or can't find something in the Mastering book. Or perhaps you just need basics of some widget without digging into details? Keeping it simple and fast?

    I would rename this "Learning Perl/Tk" to "Mastering Perl/Tk - Lite". And both books have been useful.

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    Comments about oreilly Learning Perl/Tk:

    The book was good, no doubt, for beginner but then grows obsolete in no time. The examples are quite repetetive in that what is already deifned for one widget is repeated for the next. This could have been avoided. I being a developer for Windows would read the Listboxes in-and-out in an attempt to make a combobox(drop-down List) as it is a lot more friendly on real-estate. I believe that the author could have shown a little more empathy towards us Windows Programmers.

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    This book is an amazing departure from the quality O'Reilly is famous for.

    Never again will I assume a book is good just because it's from O'Reilly.

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    Comments about oreilly Learning Perl/Tk:

    I realize the Windows environment is the red-headed stepchild with the GNU crowd. However, we are sometimes forced to work in that environment. Nancy included NOTHING regarding installing Tk in the Windows environment, which, after 12 hours of trying, I have found to be difficult (compiles break constantly). One of the reasons I buy books instead of searching online dox and FAQs is because I expect digested information. I am ready to throw Tk and this book in the garbage can!

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