Media praise for Perl for Web Site Management

"This reviewer has been working with Perl for a while and had a number of 'aha' moments while reading...Callender has chosen a core set of web management tasks. In addition to some basic Perl concepts and a dip into regular expressions he covers form-to-email gateway, generating HTML, parsing web access logs and generating reports from access information, link checking, and date arithmetic, adding pages via CGI script, and creating a CGI guestbook. For the adventurous, Callender includes chapters on integrating external freeware utilities such as search tools and database systems. He also clearly covers the use and writing of Perl modules. Callender ties the book together by carrying examples across chapters. 'Perl for Web Site Management' is highly recommended for inclusion in your Perl library."
--Mack Lundy, Williamsburg Macromedia User Group , April 20, 2003

"Aimed at giving would-be Webmasters a full arsenal to help manage Web sites...If you are new to Perl, but want to know how to use Perl to manage your Web site, then this book is your best bet for hitting the ground running with Perl."
--Joe "Zonker" Brockmeier, UnixReview, Nov 5, 2002

"A beginner-friendly, hands-on introduction to Perl, framed as an extended tutorial. His target audience is readers who, like himself, are 'accidental programmers,' without the training or inclination to become full-time professional programmers but with a willingness to learn whatever they need to know to solve their immediate problems. Managing a Web site turns out to be a splendid example of a domain where accidental programmers abound, and where--with Callender's able assistance--they can accomplish worthwhile feats in Perl. Yet readers with intermediate skills will find this collection interesting, as well: the text moves fairly quickly and its lucid plain-English explanations cover a surprising breadth of territory for an introductory work...This book fills an important niche between the basic introductions to Perl, like O'Reilly's 'Learning Perl' ('the llama book'), and the more advanced reference books, like O'Reilly's 'Perl Cookbook.' Task-focused beginners may find it an ideal first book, if they are more interested in accomplishing the kinds of tasks that Callender addresses than in learning Perl from the more standard language-centric approach. Intermediate Perl programmers, especially those who fit the 'accidental programmer' profile, are likely to find this book tremendously useful as well."
--Lydia Levins, Technology Electronic Reviews, Vol 9, No. 5

"Really, it is an excellent tool for people just getting started in web scripting. Those familiar with other O'Reilly titles would probably place this one just before the well-known Llama book... Rating: 9/10 I was really impressed. Definitely a book to recommend for people just getting started. I really think O'Reilly could do well in possibly marketing this more for beginners (the title doesn't overtly explain that), and I could definitely see this as a book for a school class."
--Jasyce, PLUG, Nov 4, 2002

"'Perl for Web Site Management' is an excellent introduction to both Perl and web site management. The author does a bang-up job of introducing the reader to the joys of Perl and the wild world of the web. There are solid and well explained examples for common tasks that are used throughout the web. In addition to introducing the reader to using Perl for common web tasks this book does a very good job of teaching Perl, although the title does not convey it's usefulness to new or novice Perl users."
--James Lance, PLUG, Sept 20, 2002

"It was once said that to read an O'Reilly book form cover to cover was enough to raise your salary level one whole step. The days of skyrocketing web salaries are gone, but the raw utility of an O'Reilly text continues. Perl for Web Site Management serves multiple purposes. It is not only an excellent introduction to Perl; it is also a useful early book for anyone hosting a web site on a Unix-based host...this book will be extremely helpful to anyone needing to tackle Perl projects for the first time, and for those who are taking on web management functions "
--Netsurfer Digest Sept 19. 2002

"This is a good book to introduce someone to the power of Perl in regards to running a web site including how to deal with keeping track of visitors, how to have a search engine and even how to prevent broken links."
--Jessica Ledbetter,Williamsburg Macromedia User Group, August 2002

"If you or anyone you know wants to cross the chasm from 'content' to 'code,' get this book...a superb introduction to Perl for 'accidental programmers'...I recommend this book highly, especially for anyone who finds him- or herself with responsibility for maintaining a web site but feeling a bit underequipped to do so."
--PerlDiver,, July 16, 2002

"'Perl for Web Site Management' is for web professionals--designers, editors, HTML jockeys-who have never programmed before, but who now find themselves with the need to create their own site-management tools, automated web clients, and web-based applications. The title is an understatement; the book covers not just Perl programming but the bulk of what a novice needs to learn to function in a Unix environment, from pwd and man to installing software packages from source tarballs. If you or anyone you know wants to cross the chasm from 'content' to 'code,' get this book."
--PerlDiver,, July 17, 2002

"an excellent book for those who need to develop Web sites requiring more than vanilla HTML, but who are familiar neither with Perl, nor with the basics of the Common Gateway Interface...The examples are well-chosen and germane, including a CGI to email gateway, a guestbook, a link-checker, and a search engine. Simply put, 'Perl for Web Site Management' is the well-written introduction and reference to CGI scripting via Perl for which I would have killed when I began developing Web sites in the mid 90s; and even though I've written many such scripts since then, I've found myself reaching for it regularly over the two months it has been sitting on my bookshelf."
--Dr. Eric D. Belsley, Feb 2002