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Perl & XML (O'Reilly Perl)
by Erik T. Ray, Jason McIntosh

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  • Paperback: 216 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.55 x 9.18 x 6.98
  • Publisher: O'Reilly; 1 edition (April 2002)
  • ISBN: 059600205X
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars Based on 4 reviews.
  • Sales Rank in Books: #86,187
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Gives a complete, comprehensive tour of the landscape of Perl and XML, making sense of the myriad modules, terminologies, and techniques. Aimed at Perl programmers who need to work with XML documents and data. Softcover.

Book Description
Perl & XML is aimed at Perl programmers who need to work with XML documents and data. The book covers all the major modules for XML processing in Perl. But this book is more than just a listing of modules; it gives a complete, comprehensive tour of the landscape of Perl and XML, making sense of the myriad of modules, terminology, and techniques.This book covers:
  • parsing XML documents and writing them out again
  • working with event streams and SAX
  • tree processing and the Document Object Model
  • advanced tree processing with XPath and XSLT
Most valuably, the last two chapters of Perl & XML give complete examples of XML applications, pulling together all the tools at your disposal. All together, Perl and XML is the single book that gives you a solid grounding in XML processing with Perl.

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4 out of 5 stars Good Overview Of XML And Supporting Perl Modules, February 14, 2004

Reviewer:   P. Heath (Hurst, TX United States) - See all my reviews
I have wanted to learn about XML, but I found the pure XML books dry and too theoretical. However, putting XML in the context of something familiar, i.e. Perl, made it much more accessible. This book gives a nice overview of XML parsing using event based and tree based parsers that are available as Perl modules. The book presents SAX and DOM standards compliant modules as well as modules with more Perlish interfaces, e.g. XML::Grove and XML::Twig. It discusses the pros and cons of event vs. tree parsing of XML as well as a few advanced technologies such as database integration and SOAP. The only knock I have on the book is that the examples are a bit contrived and do not show how to solve meaningful problems.

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3 out of 5 stars Nice overview but lacks in useful examples, February 2, 2003

Reviewer:   Jay Webster (Pacifica, CA USA) - See all my reviews
Unfortunately, this book suffers from the same affliction that most programming books suffer from. There are absolutely no useful code examples in the book. Yes, as an experienced engineer, I can substitute my own code where the book prints to the screen or searches for monkeys, but hey, I paid for my ticket, sometimes I'd like to be told exactly what to do. If I wanted to figure out everything on my own, I wouldn't have purchased a book in the first place.

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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful:

5 out of 5 stars What you don't get with this book, October 25, 2002

Reviewer:   A reader
I read the first review of this book, and I think it's great. In addition, however, I feel compelled to let people know what they are missing.

Specifically, for those of us that do not have a connection to the internet and/or cannot readily download software onto their pc's, this book is only a primer for what resources you will need with XML. I have yet to find a resource that will provide me with a summary of all of the perl modules and library files that are needed by the individual modules mentioned within this book.

For instance, the book provides an example on how to use XML::LibXML and XML::LibXSLT. Unfortunately, the book does not let you know that XML::LibXSLT can only be used if you have XML::LibXML. And the requirements for XML::LibXML include downloading and installing a Gnome library - which may give you trouble on a windows platform. I realize this gripe may be a bit environment specific, but with so many Windows users out there along with an inability to just download anything off CPAN and/or Gnome, I know that I will still have quite a bit of trouble getting the book's examples to 'work'.

Although this book does provide examples for every module covered, it typically only provides a single example. So those of you who are hacker/leaners may be disappointed to find that not many examples are presented for cannabalization.

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful:

5 out of 5 stars Another Perl book? Yes, and it's a good one, too., June 6, 2002

Reviewer:   "tao_of_biology" (USA) - See all my reviews
I am a professional developer, working mostly with Perl. I work in the field of biology and bioinformatics, but have spent the last 8 years working as a web and database Internet developer. And, I own practically every O'Reilly Perl book ever published (not that I necessarily think they're all worth buying). So, now that you know where I'm coming from...

If you are preparing to do a serious amount of XML development, and you're in the process of determining a) which Perl XML modules on CPAN you want to use, and b) how to use them; and, you don't have a whole lot of time to spend tracking down the sometimes-hard-to-find documentation on these modules; then buying this book is a no-brainer. It covers all the major XML modules, how to use then and really helps you figure out when to use the different modules.

Even if you're not new to XML and Perl, this book would serve as an excellent refresher course on what XML tools are available out there for you... Maybe you haven't looked at your code in awhile, or want to update it to use a newer module from CPAN? Or, maybe you're looking for a better way to do it? Then, this book would definitely help you out.

While a fan of O'Reilly books in general, I'll be the first to admit some of them are more useful than others. I have to give this book a very solid rating, as it's actually useful, comprehensive and very well presented. I find myself cracking it open all the time, especially as my utilization of XML has grown more complicated. It has definitely earned its place in my Aqua Perl book collection.

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