I am thrilled to announce the release this month (May, 2001) of the second
edition of my bestselling: Perl and CGI for the World Wide
Web: Visual QuickStart Guide, published by Peachpit Press, with ISBN 0-201-73568-7.
Would you like to use forms to get information from your visitors? Set up a discussion board or a shopping cart? Create a counter? Or give your visitors access to a personalized database? Perl and CGI are the tools you need. My book is designed for folks who've never programmed before, and while it starts at the very beginning, I don't bog you down with a lot of theory. Like my HTML book, I show you step-by-step how to write your very own scripts from scratch.
Want to see what the book contains? Check out the online Table of Contents or the index.
almost sixty new pages packed with new information for the second edition.
Apart from a complete overhaul of the entire book, including new tips,
extra explanations and more details about existing topics, I've also added
three important new areas.
First, I cover how to set up a server on your own computer (Mac or Windows)
so that you can test your scripts without an account at a remote Web host
(and without paying any monthly fees).
Next, I explain how to write secure scripts without bugs, taking advantage
of Perl's -w and -T switches, and the use strict pragma.
Finally, I show you how to use CGI.pm, the standard module for parsing
Perl is a huge, multifaceted programming language that can be used for
most anything. But if you're interested in using Perl to make your Web
pages interactive, you may not want to have to sift through all that other
stuff. My book focuses on using Perl for the Web. Each example starts
with a link or an HTML page that calls a script. And all of the output
is displayed on a Web page. This is information you can really use, right
Most Perl and CGI books assume that you have some prior knowledge of either
programming or Perl or both. My book doesn't. Even if you've never programmed
before, you'll be able to use my book to start writing your very own scripts.
Each page of my book explains a single concept of Perl and gives you a
real world (OK, my sort of real world) example in which you might
use it. You can download or copy the scripts and try them out on your
own server and then make additions or modifications as you like.
Maybe you've already tried experimenting with other people's Perl scripts.
Even if you're not interested in writing your own scripts from scratch--there
are so many great scripts available on the Web for free or close
to it--my book will help you find, download, understand, configure, and
customize ready-made scripts. The information you find in my Perl and
CGI book will help you decide which script really satisfies your needs,
whether it poses any security concerns, and how to set it up on your own
server. And, as long as the original author gives you permission, you
can use my book to add to the script so that it does exactly what you
Perl and CGI for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide, Second Edition
has two companion Web sites. The first is at Peachpit Press'
It contains the Table of Contents, all the Source code and Examples, an
excerpt of one of the chapters, and more.
And you've already found the second companion Web site. It's right here
at Cookwood Press. Here you''ll find all of the scripts and HTML code
that accompanies them--set up in such a way that you can test the scripts
to see how they work depending on the input you give them. There's also
a Table of Contents and Index, an Errata page (hopefully short), and much
Each Perl function is explained with short, clear, step-by-step instructions accompanied
by two-color illustrations so you can see exactly what to do and what it
will look like when you've done it. You'll never have to wade through pages
and pages of filler.
Can't remember how to use a function or operator? Just look it up in the complete index,
jump to the page and you're done. Perl and CGI for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide makes a great reference book even after you're familiar with the basic concepts.
Perl and CGI for the World Wide Web:Visual Quickstart Guide, Second
Edition only costs $19.99. You won't find another book that gets
you up and running your own scripts for less.
Hundreds of thousands of readers have learned to write HTML with the help
of my bestselling HTML 4 for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart
Guide. Check out what they said, or look at the pages that some of
them have created. I have used the same direct, clear, but informal style
with the Perl book. I think you'll find it very useful.