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Introduction to Linux - A Hands on Guide
This guide was created as an overview of the Linux Operating System, geared toward new users as an exploration tour and getting started guide, with exercises at the end of each chapter.
For more advanced trainees it can be a desktop reference, and a collection of the base knowledge needed to proceed with system and network administration. This book contains many real life examples derived from the author's experience as a Linux system and network administrator, trainer and consultant. They hope these examples will help you to get a better understanding of the Linux system and that you feel encouraged to try out things on your own.
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Last Review by Scruff - posted: 02-27-2005 06:47 PM
This 700 page book takes you from the absolute beginning of each Perl concept, to a very good understanding of each. I was frustrated with other Perl books when I found this one (Perl was my first 'real' language), but this was easy to understand and had my quickly writing useful Perl programs. Don't confuse easy to understand with "basic" as this book is quite throrough in its coverage of each concept. It also has an excellent reference section in the back.
I found it best to use the Llama book (Learning Perl) alongside this one. Learning Perl crams the details into a small space and is an excellent refresher for each topic learned in Beginning. The difference between the two is, Beginning is more thorough and includes tons of great examples (even full programs) while Learning has few examples and is better for someone already familiar with programming concepts.
It can be found for free on the net: http://learn.perl.org/library/beginning_perl/ but is worth purchasing as a reference. There is now a 2nd edition out, but as Simon doesn't appear to be the main writer (and it's 300pgs smaller) I do not know if it would be as effective as this one.
There is a lot of info packed into a small amount of pages here. If you have done some programming before this is a quick way to learn Perl. When I first bought this book however, Perl was my first attempt at learning a 'real' language and in most cases it was not enough. I bought Beginning Perl by Simon Cozens and it does a much better job of deeply explaining Perl concepts to the total beginner.
I found combining both books, "Beginning" to get a good solid understanding of each concept, and "Learning" to quickly pound the details in was an excellent way to get some Perl skillz.
Beginning Perl is available for free online but is worth purchasing to keep as a reference. http://learn.perl.org/library/beginning_perl/
Product Details: "Learning Perl" by jeremy - posted: 02-09-2004 - Rating: 9.50