Perl for Web Site Management
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: October 2001
Pages: 528

Checking links, batch editing HTML files, tracking users, and writing CGI scripts--these are the often tedious daily tasks that can be done much more easily with Perl, the scripting language that runs on almost all computing platforms. If you're more interested in streamlining your web activities than in learning a new programming language, Perl for Web Site Management is for you: it's not so much about learning Perl as it is about using Perl to do common web chores more efficiently.

The secret is that, although becoming a Perl expert may be hard, most Perl scripts are relatively simple. Using Perl and other open source tools, you'll learn how to:

  • Incorporate a simple search engine
  • Write a simple CGI gateway
  • Convert multiple text files into HTML
  • Monitor log files
  • Track users as they navigate your site

Even if you don't have any programming background, this book will get you quickly past Perl's seemingly forbidding barrier of chops and chomps, execs and elsifs. You'll be able to put an end to using clunky tools, editing files tediously by hand, or relying on programmers and system administrators to do "the hard stuff" for you. Sure, you might learn a little bit about programming as well, and perhaps something about the role of open source tools on the Web. But the purpose of Perl for Web Site Management isn't to educate you--it's to empower you. Whether you're a developer, a designer, or simply a dabbler on the Web, this book is the plain-English, hands-on introduction to Perl you've been waiting for.

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Great book for very practical uses of perl for maintaning "directory sites". I put Chapter 5 to use within an hour of reading it and variations of this concept are now on five sites I maintain.

Author is careful to introduce concepts carefully, so that a waterfall of information is manageable. I pick up something almost every week by looking at a chapter again with a different perspective, or problem to solve.

I have lots of PERL books, but this is the first one that was useful within ten minutes of starting it, and still continues to be useful today.

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This "review" is a bit premature as I'm just getting started with this book, but I already love it. It addresses exactly what I was looking for: Some practical Perl/CGI programming for non-programmers (or programmer wannabes in my case).

Callender walks through just what is going on (e.g. Just what the heck is a "shell" anyway?) when building Perl scripts as well as all that peripheral stuff, such as where to find find a Telnet client that supports SSH. Of course, as the title would lead you to believe all the projects in the chapters are actually useful and directly applicable to web site management/design.

I'm really looking forward to the rest of this book.

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