London.pm - FAQ for web site (was books or something).

2001-06-14 Thread Leo Lapworth

Well, as has been muttered about I am redoing the London.pm.org website.

And yes it DOES need a faq, I have the start of one, but would very much 
love someone else to finish it off.

So, If anyone is up for it give me a yell and I'll email you the XML 
that needs populating.

The website development is a dictatorship (e.g. we want it done this year 
so I'm not taking any comments or suggestions until after it's gone live), 
so no starting of huge discussions about what should go in a FAQ, if your 
interested and have an opinion, contact me and you can do it! :)

Infact now I think about it, 2 faq's would be good.

1) London.pm - the FAQs
2) General - like where to buy books online / hardware etc

So maybe there are two people out there who want to write these.

Leo

On Thu, Jun 14, 2001 at 02:42:30PM +0100, Lucy McWilliam wrote:

  I think we need a FAQ, I'm sure this has come up a few times. 
 
 You volunteering? ;-)




Re: London.pm - FAQ for web site (was books or something).

2001-06-14 Thread Leon Brocard

Leo Lapworth sent the following bits through the ether:

 And yes it DOES need a faq, I have the start of one, but would very much 
 love someone else to finish it off.

google++ # london.pm faq

http://www.mail-archive.com/london-pm%40lists.dircon.co.uk/msg02436.html
-- 
Leon Brocard.http://www.astray.com/
Iterative Software...http://www.iterative-software.com/

... Error 256: Programmer Deleted



Re: London.pm - FAQ for web site (was books or something).

2001-06-14 Thread Struan Donald

* at 14/06 14:55 +0100 Leo Lapworth said:
 Well, as has been muttered about I am redoing the London.pm.org website.
 
 And yes it DOES need a faq, I have the start of one, but would very much 
 love someone else to finish it off.
 
 So, If anyone is up for it give me a yell and I'll email you the XML 
 that needs populating.
 
 The website development is a dictatorship (e.g. we want it done this year 
 so I'm not taking any comments or suggestions until after it's gone live), 
 so no starting of huge discussions about what should go in a FAQ, if your 
 interested and have an opinion, contact me and you can do it! :)
 
 Infact now I think about it, 2 faq's would be good.
 
 1) London.pm - the FAQs
 2) General - like where to buy books online / hardware etc
 
 So maybe there are two people out there who want to write these.

er, i'll go for the general one... 

struan



Books

2001-06-11 Thread David Cantrell

I'm having a clear-out of my bookshelves, and wonder if any of you lot
want any of the following:

Programming Perl (2nd ed)
Learning Perl (1st ed)
Photoshop in a nutshell

and the less relevant ones:

Amiga Workbench, and A500+ manual
Autocad 12 for beginners
Starting MS-DOS Assembler
DataEase 4.5 manuals
VB3Pro manuals
VB Power Toolkit
Database developers guide with VB3
AWT Programming for Java
JDBC Database Access with Java

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Books

2001-04-04 Thread dcross - David Cross


Wanderering around Charing Cross Road last night I picked up a couple of new
Perl books, "Writing CGI Applications with Perl" by Kevin Meltzer  Brent
Michalski and "Instant Perl Modules" by Doug Sparling and Frank Wiles.

Hopefully I'll have both of them with me on Thursday so anyone interested
can have a quick browse. Don't forget that I'll also have a copy of Lincoln
Stein's "Network Programming with Perl" to give to the person who asks in
the nicest manner. As usual bribery will be perfectly acceptable, but I
think I'll bar anyone who's had a freebie book from me in the past (not that
I can remember who that is!)

Cheers,

Dave...

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Re: Books

2001-04-04 Thread Chris Devers

At 09:26 AM 4.4.2001 +0100, Dave Cross wrote:
Wanderering around Charing Cross Road last night I picked up a couple of 
new Perl books, "Writing CGI Applications with Perl" by Kevin Meltzer  
Brent Michalski and "Instant Perl Modules" by Doug Sparling and Frank 
Wiles.

Heh, check out _Perl How to Program_ by P. J. Deitel et al.:
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0130284181/qid=986392068/sr=1-13/ref=sc_b_14/103-2989877-5270228

The cover blurb is great: 
"Perl How To Program
  Introducing CGI
and Python"

nack.

According to Amazon:

 Customers who bought titles by P. J. Deitel
also bought titles by these authors:
  Bruce Eckel 
  David Cross 
  Kevin Meltzer 
  Martin Brown 
  Ed Peschko 

Hmm.

Speaking of author David Cross, I'm told that SoftPro books (mostly a tech stuff 
store) in Burlington.ma.us has sold 17 copies of your book over February and March, as 
compared to roughly 3x as many copies of the Camel book. Not bad, considering how many 
Perl books are out there by now. 

Just so's you know.




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Re: Books

2001-04-04 Thread David H. Adler

On Wed, Apr 04, 2001 at 09:26:02AM +0100, dcross - David Cross wrote:
 
 Wanderering around Charing Cross Road last night I picked up a couple of new
 Perl books, "Writing CGI Applications with Perl" by Kevin Meltzer  Brent
 Michalski and "Instant Perl Modules" by Doug Sparling and Frank Wiles.

That second one has an *excellent* acknowledgements page... :-)

dha
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Re: Books

2001-04-04 Thread Dave Cross

At 19:01 04/04/2001, David H. Adler wrote:
On Wed, Apr 04, 2001 at 09:26:02AM +0100, dcross - David Cross wrote:
 
  Wanderering around Charing Cross Road last night I picked up a couple 
 of new
  Perl books, "Writing CGI Applications with Perl" by Kevin Meltzer  Brent
  Michalski and "Instant Perl Modules" by Doug Sparling and Frank Wiles.

That second one has an *excellent* acknowledgements page... :-)

Heh! I know, I saw it :)

Dave...
[wondering how he gets to be a technical editor]



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Re: Books

2001-04-04 Thread David H. Adler

On Wed, Apr 04, 2001 at 07:15:04PM +0100, Dave Cross wrote:
 
 Dave...
 [wondering how he gets to be a technical editor]

My experience suggests it may have something to do with being in the
right place at the right time... :)

dha
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RE: Books

2001-04-04 Thread Doug Sparling

 Dave...
 [wondering how he gets to be a technical editor]

My experience suggests it may have something to do with being in the
right place at the right time... :)

Same goes for authoring -:)




Re: Books

2001-04-04 Thread David H. Adler

On Wed, Apr 04, 2001 at 01:58:22PM -0500, Doug Sparling wrote:
  Dave...
  [wondering how he gets to be a technical editor]
 
 My experience suggests it may have something to do with being in the
 right place at the right time... :)
 
 Same goes for authoring -:)

Oh, and about the editing - The authors just start following you
*everywhere*... :-)

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RE: Books

2001-04-04 Thread Dave Cross

At 19:58 04/04/2001, Doug Sparling wrote:
  Dave...
  [wondering how he gets to be a technical editor]

 My experience suggests it may have something to do with being in the
 right place at the right time... :)

Same goes for authoring -:)

Oh, I know that :)

Dave...



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Re: Perl Books

2001-02-02 Thread Greg McCarroll

* Benjamin Holzman ([EMAIL PROTECTED]) wrote:
 
 True, but there aren't many people who will assume that they can perform
 brain surgery just because they successfully applied a band-aid to a paper
 cut the week before.
 

www.trepanation.com ;-) [1]

Greg

[1] i haven't checked the URL so dont blame me if it turns out to be
kittie [;-)] porn



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Re: Perl Books

2001-02-02 Thread Alex Page

On Thu, Feb 01, 2001 at 11:21:57AM -0600, Elaine -HFB- Ashton wrote:

 :) I think you are missing my point here. The plumber who is skilled in a
 trade probably thinks you are an idiot when you manage to mangle your own
 pipes and have to call him to fix it for you. 

Yeah... I always forget to flush when forking, and I've done some horrible things with 
IPC::Open3 before...

Alex
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Re: Perl Books

2001-02-02 Thread Nathan Torkington

Alex Page writes:
 Yeah... I always forget to flush when forking, and I've done some
 horrible things with IPC::Open3 before...

I'm shuddering at the thought of the human equivalent of atomic writes.
"The largest nugget that will pass through a pipe intact ..."

Nat



Re: Perl Books

2001-02-02 Thread Greg Cope

Aaron Trevena wrote:
 
 On Thu, 1 Feb 2001, Elaine -HFB- Ashton wrote:
  No, there wasn't even something I could buy for it sadly. It's a simple
  CGI, I would have paid $15 for a quickie 'here's your simple cgi just plug
  in your variables here' code.
 
 Been there - more often than not, the cookbook fills any holes. I had a
 particular problem with web forums - slashcode being a bit OTT and
 wwwthreads cotsing money and then hundreds of PHP and java and asp forums,
 then I found mwforum and now I am rewriting it big time to get back into
 coding after sitting on my arse for weeks waiting for work or chasing
 people up or editing html. If anybody is interested I hope to have a TT'd
 version of mwforum on the web some time next week. After that I will
 totally hack it apart and rework it to fit my own twisted needs.


Are you going to send the patches back to the authors ?

Greg

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Re: Perl Books

2001-02-02 Thread David Cantrell

On Thu, Feb 01, 2001 at 11:21:57AM -0600, Elaine -HFB- Ashton wrote:

 :) I think you are missing my point here. The plumber who is skilled in a
 trade probably thinks you are an idiot when you manage to mangle your own
 pipes and have to call him to fix it for you. 

However, I don't question the plumber's competence, or indeed pretend to
anyone including myself that I can do a good job of it.  The same should
apply to programming.  If I were to try my hand at re-plumbing my kitchen,
I know I'd make a god-awful mess, and I am intelligent enough to not
attempt it.  The great unwashed should approach programming the same way.

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Re: Perl Books

2001-02-02 Thread Mark Fowler

 However, I don't question the plumber's competence, or indeed pretend to
 anyone including myself that I can do a good job of it.  The same should
 apply to programming.  If I were to try my hand at re-plumbing my kitchen,
 I know I'd make a god-awful mess, and I am intelligent enough to not
 attempt it.  The great unwashed should approach programming the same way.

Hmmm.

My sink is blocked.  It's very blocked.  I'm good enough at plumbing to
take the u-bend off and check that that wasn't blocked - a simple enough
process.  It turned out that that wasn't the problem - it was further down
the pipe.  At this point I called a plumber[1].

Draw whatever comparisons you will between this and coding.

Later.

Mark.

[1] I actually called the landlord, and told him to call a plumber...

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   Name  = 'Mark Fowler',Title = 'Technology Developer'  ,
   Firm  = 'Profero Ltd',Web   = 'http://www.profero.com/'   ,
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Re: Perl Books

2001-02-02 Thread Robert Shiels

However, I don't question the plumber's competence, or indeed pretend to
anyone including myself that I can do a good job of it.  The same should
apply to programming.  If I were to try my hand at re-plumbing my kitchen,
 know I'd make a god-awful mess, and I am intelligent enough to not
attempt it.  The great unwashed should approach programming the same way.

When everyone has permanent net connections, and their network is open to
the world, and they do a bit of configuration/programming that opens up
their system to crackers who have a bit of a play turning off their alarm
system and opening the electronic garage door etc

then

will they call in a real professional to fix it.

This is analogous to me drilling several holes in my wall to try and put up
a curtain rail, making a complete mess of it, and calling in someone from
the yellow pages who did it in 10 minutes and charged me 30, which is what
I should have done in the first place.

or will they just install Microsoft SafeHouse(TM) which will do it all for
them

There is definitely money to be made in this area by someone!

/Robert






Re: Perl Books

2001-02-02 Thread Elaine -HFB- Ashton

Benjamin Holzman [[EMAIL PROTECTED]] quoth:
*On Thu, Feb 01, 2001 at 11:57:20AM -0700, Nathan Torkington wrote:
* Meaning, nobody's really a complete idiot and we'd seem just as dumb
* if we called brain surgery tech support, new mother tech support, or
* even gardening tech support.
*
*True, but there aren't many people who will assume that they can perform
*brain surgery just because they successfully applied a band-aid to a paper
*cut the week before.

True, but I don't think anyone is going to die from writing crappy CGIs v.
hacking at someones grey cells with a scalpel. 

e.



Re: Perl Books

2001-02-02 Thread Michael Stevens

On Fri, Feb 02, 2001 at 11:16:06AM -0600, Elaine -HFB- Ashton wrote:
 Benjamin Holzman [[EMAIL PROTECTED]] quoth:
 *On Thu, Feb 01, 2001 at 11:57:20AM -0700, Nathan Torkington wrote:
 * Meaning, nobody's really a complete idiot and we'd seem just as dumb
 * if we called brain surgery tech support, new mother tech support, or
 * even gardening tech support.
 *True, but there aren't many people who will assume that they can perform
 *brain surgery just because they successfully applied a band-aid to a paper
 *cut the week before.
 True, but I don't think anyone is going to die from writing crappy CGIs v.
 hacking at someones grey cells with a scalpel. 

Gardening tech support is perhaps a better example. Not sure.

I've managed to keep pot plants alive but I don't go round thinking I'm
a gardener.

Michael



Re: Perl Books

2001-02-02 Thread Aaron Trevena

On Fri, 2 Feb 2001, Greg Cope wrote:

 Aaron Trevena wrote:
  
  On Thu, 1 Feb 2001, Elaine -HFB- Ashton wrote:
   No, there wasn't even something I could buy for it sadly. It's a simple
   CGI, I would have paid $15 for a quickie 'here's your simple cgi just plug
   in your variables here' code.
  
  Been there - more often than not, the cookbook fills any holes. I had a
  particular problem with web forums - slashcode being a bit OTT and
  wwwthreads cotsing money and then hundreds of PHP and java and asp forums,
  then I found mwforum and now I am rewriting it big time to get back into
  coding after sitting on my arse for weeks waiting for work or chasing
  people up or editing html. If anybody is interested I hope to have a TT'd
  version of mwforum on the web some time next week. After that I will
  totally hack it apart and rework it to fit my own twisted needs.
 
 
 Are you going to send the patches back to the authors ?

Patches? they are big - essentially you replace most of most of the files
- not really worth patching. However yes it will be released and all
orginal copyright notices are left intact and whenever I think appropriate
I point out that it is derived from mwforum. and that all mwforum bits are
copyright mw although to be honest I don't think a single line of the
original will remain.

I plan to 'do the right thing' and email mw before I post it anywhere so
that I'm not stepping on his toes - I point out in the documenentaion how
much I learnt from his work and stuff and that it works very well for what
he designed it to do. Hopefully he will like it, that would make me very
happy.

A.

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Re: Perl Books

2001-02-02 Thread Aaron Trevena

On Fri, 2 Feb 2001, David Cantrell wrote:

 On Thu, Feb 01, 2001 at 11:21:57AM -0600, Elaine -HFB- Ashton wrote:
 
  :) I think you are missing my point here. The plumber who is skilled in a
  trade probably thinks you are an idiot when you manage to mangle your own
  pipes and have to call him to fix it for you. 
 
 However, I don't question the plumber's competence, or indeed pretend to
 anyone including myself that I can do a good job of it.  The same should
 apply to programming.  If I were to try my hand at re-plumbing my kitchen,
 I know I'd make a god-awful mess, and I am intelligent enough to not
 attempt it.  The great unwashed should approach programming the same way.

My old mans a catering lecture and pub landlord but just  did all teh
electrics and plumbing in the gutted cottage he bought in redruth in
conrwall. He did so well that the gasman was surprised with the negligable
drop in pressure when he tested.

Now he is going to learn dreamweaver and I talked him into learning perl
instead of java - because it would suit what he wants to do (mostly matts
script kind of stuff) and pointed him at ora. I wish more people are like
that, rather than people who believe that because they can write a word
macro they are a programmer.

I have been training at kung fu for 6 months and I still am not ready to
take the first grading, I know I'm not good at it yet but I also know that
I have a good instructor and that I can and will be good at it and I'll
get it right, not just learn a couple of 10 minute self defense class
rubbish.

bah! This is more (void) than (void) 

A. 

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Re: Perl Books

2001-02-01 Thread Redvers Davies

 Also L Steins Network Programming with Perl is a good book. I'm only a
 chunk into it buts its a good read on its own and an even better one
 if your not from a Unix background.

Yup, it's a bloody impressive book.

I concur.  I was lucky enough to get a look at the copy that Dave Cross had
at the technical meeting.  The next day I was down Waterstones buying my
own copy.






Re: Perl Books

2001-02-01 Thread Robin Szemeti

On Thu, 01 Feb 2001, you wrote:
 Robin Szemeti [[EMAIL PROTECTED]] quoth:
 *
 *i think we get a slanted view on what a 'normal level of intelligence'
 *is, because in general, we work with exceptional people. I spent the last
 
 I know at least 2 nobel laureates who wouldn't know jack about CGI or
 about selecting which book might be a better buy. Hell, I installed
 Microsoft BOB for one of them way back when the GUI of windows vs. the
 beauty of TeX was a bit much. Something new is a challenge, even if you
 are a rocket scientist.

hmm .. I think we're getting a bit mixed up between mr hearst and
newspapers and  technical knowledge in a particular area. still ... keep
going. :)

But what you say above proves my point dunnit ... these guys are nobel
laureates and they enjoy a challenge.. out there in the real world a
large percentage of the population finds adding up the money for the bus a
challenge ... the pasics of CGI are rocket science for most people.

 It's not a matter of pandering to the  stupid, it's a matter of presenting 
 the information in a format that is easy to read and understand without
 treating the reader to sanskrit. 

uh huh ... agreed.
 
 Of course, even the brilliant are often stupid especially when it comes to
 applied v. theory. 
 
 The great unwashed masses of CGI are probably not the brightest bulbs, but
 I don't think it's so much an esoteric subject to justify such a dearth in
 good documentation for them. 

no .. its not (for want of a better word) rocket science, but to do it
correctly does require a broad range of knowledge about several different
systems and really what Ms Castro attempts to do is give a bit of all of
that to a readership that simply wants to bang something into their
homepage and for it to work.  I agree that the documenttion was not
'good' by professional standards but it was a book for non-programmers. 
a sort of paperback intro to half of what they needed to know. I have
issues with how shes goes about it (like CGI.pm would have made life soo
much easier ) and some of the perl is awful, but I beleive that
readership it was aimed at would have gone all glassy eyed and fallen
over backwards at the word 'subroutine' and run off screaming if you said
'regex' so ... oh I dunno .. yes its crap perl, yes its not a great work
on CGI .. but it probably achieves what it set out to do, give basic
knowledge to someone who only wnats to spend two lunchtimes on a bit of
CGI for their home page.

I dunno .. I guess there is the 'type this in like this' level and there
is the full blown 'buy a copy of Programming Perl' approach I dont see
much middle ground. 

-- 
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So I installed Linux!



Re: Perl Books

2001-02-01 Thread James Powell

On Thu, Feb 01, 2001 at 11:39:24AM +, Robin Szemeti wrote:
 [big snip]
 
 no .. its not (for want of a better word) rocket science, but to do it
 correctly does require a broad range of knowledge about several different
 systems and really what Ms Castro attempts to do is give a bit of all of
 that to a readership that simply wants to bang something into their
 homepage and for it to work.  I agree that the documenttion was not
 'good' by professional standards but it was a book for non-programmers. 
 a sort of paperback intro to half of what they needed to know. I have
 issues with how shes goes about it (like CGI.pm would have made life soo
 much easier ) and some of the perl is awful, but I beleive that
 readership it was aimed at would have gone all glassy eyed and fallen
 over backwards at the word 'subroutine' and run off screaming if you said
 'regex'...


AHH! REGEX! (runs away)


(sorry)


Totally unrelated, I wish they'd open a PC Bookshop in Farringdon.

jp



Re: Perl Books

2001-02-01 Thread Robert Price

At 12:34 PM 2/1/01 +, jp wrote:
[snip]
Totally unrelated, I wish they'd open a PC Bookshop in Farringdon.

But it's only a 10-15 minute stroll to the one in Southampton Row from
Farringdon. 

Rob




Re: Perl Books

2001-02-01 Thread James Powell

Those 15 minutes (each way, probably about 20 from where I am) 
come out of my pay packet! And it doesn't stay open late enough
in the evening.

I've been spoilt, I used to work at Tower 42 (was natwest tower)
and the city branch was a well lobbed copy of an o'reilly book
(preferably mysql  msql) away.

I can also recommend the bar in Tower 42 as a place to take
friends to impress them (well, apart the snooty bar staff and
average cocktails).

jp

On Thu, Feb 01, 2001 at 12:36:53PM -, Robert Shiels wrote:
 
 From: "James Powell" [EMAIL PROTECTED]
 To: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
  
  
  Totally unrelated, I wish they'd open a PC Bookshop in Farringdon.
  
 Don't be so lazy :)
 
 You can walk to Holborn in under 15 minutes.
 
 /Robert



Re: Perl Books

2001-02-01 Thread Elaine -HFB- Ashton

Robin Szemeti [[EMAIL PROTECTED]] quoth:
*
*But what you say above proves my point dunnit ... these guys are nobel
*laureates and they enjoy a challenge.. out there in the real world a
*large percentage of the population finds adding up the money for the bus a
*challenge ... the pasics of CGI are rocket science for most people.

Well, this particular one was 65 years old, a consultant to world leaders
in Economic affairs and was completely baffled by the advent of a new
laptop. He had better things to worry about than learning something as
trivial and insignificant to life on the planet earth than CGI. Almost
anyone other than Webheads have better things to do than learn CGI. It
doesn't make them stupid, in fact, I'd almost argue that they are the
bright ones.

*'regex' so ... oh I dunno .. yes its crap perl, yes its not a great work
*on CGI .. but it probably achieves what it set out to do, give basic
*knowledge to someone who only wnats to spend two lunchtimes on a bit of
*CGI for their home page.

Which is probably about 95% of the planet. Why should they care if the
Perl is shoddy? The web page works :) I went hunting for a quickie DBI/CGI
tutorial/template/code I could steal last December and I can pretty much
vouch for there being zip in that category out there on the web for the
new and the lazy to take and learn from. It's disappointing.

*I dunno .. I guess there is the 'type this in like this' level and there
*is the full blown 'buy a copy of Programming Perl' approach I dont see
*much middle ground. 

It's hard to write such a book.

e.



Re: Perl Books

2001-02-01 Thread Robin Szemeti

On Thu, 01 Feb 2001, you wrote:

 Well, this particular one was 65 years old, a consultant to world leaders
 in Economic affairs and was completely baffled by the advent of a new
 laptop. He had better things to worry about than learning something as
 trivial and insignificant to life on the planet earth than CGI. Almost
 anyone other than Webheads have better things to do than learn CGI. It
 doesn't make them stupid, in fact, I'd almost argue that they are the
 bright ones.

WHICH IS EXACTLY WHAT I WAS SAYING ...  (in big letters just to make sure
:) stunningly bright but experience in a different field .. understood.
but still one of the (very) bright ones.

I think you are getting confused between my comments about the desire
to learn CGI by 'normal' people ( where I reckon that these people are
already in the top few % of the pile) with my comments about the
population in general .. who err .. 'function on a slightly lower level'.

 *'regex' so ... oh I dunno .. yes its crap perl, yes its not a great work
 *on CGI .. but it probably achieves what it set out to do, give basic
 *knowledge to someone who only wnats to spend two lunchtimes on a bit of
 *CGI for their home page.
 
 Which is probably about 95% of the planet. Why should they care if the
 Perl is shoddy? The web page works :) I went hunting for a quickie DBI/CGI
 tutorial/template/code I could steal last December and I can pretty much
 vouch for there being zip in that category out there on the web for the
 new and the lazy to take and learn from. It's disappointing.

I thought thats what I was saying too ... I'd disagree with the 95% ..
I'd say 99% .. plus. The good code is prfessionally written ... and
mostly not out there on display .. you have to buy it!

 *I dunno .. I guess there is the 'type this in like this' level and there
 *is the full blown 'buy a copy of Programming Perl' approach I dont see
 *much middle ground. 
 
 It's hard to write such a book.

yup .. 

right see you lot at the meeting tonite, then .. im off to Switzerland :))

-- 
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Re: Perl Books

2001-02-01 Thread Nathan Torkington

Robin Szemeti writes:
 WHICH IS EXACTLY WHAT I WAS SAYING ...  (in big letters just to make sure
 :) stunningly bright but experience in a different field .. understood.
 but still one of the (very) bright ones.

When I worked at an ISP, our motto was:

  The customer is an expert in their own field.

Meaning, nobody's really a complete idiot and we'd seem just as dumb
if we called brain surgery tech support, new mother tech support, or
even gardening tech support.

This has nothing to do with your thread, but this is London.pm so
relevance be fucked :-)

Nat



Re: Perl Books

2001-02-01 Thread Robin Houston

On Thu, Feb 01, 2001 at 11:57:20AM -0700, Nathan Torkington wrote:
 [...] brain surgery tech support [...]

Have you got the number?
I'm having a spot of bother with my hypothalamus.

 .robin.



Re: Perl Books

2001-02-01 Thread Paul Mison

On 01/02/2001 at 10:03 +, Robert Shiels wrote:

Just had a look at the PC Bookshops website (www.pcbooks.co.uk).
Didn't they
used to have a way of finding out whether the book was actually on the
shelf
or not - I may drop in there today on my way south of the river (Oh, the
shame) and wanted to plan my potential purchase.

I was in there yesterday (working in Central London)++ and there was
one copy in the Holborn shop. They didn't seem to have Programming
Internet Email or DMP though.

(When does Foyles close in the evenings anyway? I was pleasantly
surprised when I went in there last week. Lots of tube books too.)

--
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:: they come at you with smiles






Re: Perl Books

2001-02-01 Thread Benjamin Holzman

On Thu, Feb 01, 2001 at 11:57:20AM -0700, Nathan Torkington wrote:
 Meaning, nobody's really a complete idiot and we'd seem just as dumb
 if we called brain surgery tech support, new mother tech support, or
 even gardening tech support.

True, but there aren't many people who will assume that they can perform
brain surgery just because they successfully applied a band-aid to a paper
cut the week before.

Ben

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Re: Perl Books

2001-02-01 Thread Dean S Wilson

-Original Message-
From: Elaine -HFB- Ashton [EMAIL PROTECTED]


anyone other than Webheads have better things to do than learn CGI.
It
doesn't make them stupid, in fact, I'd almost argue that they are the
bright ones.


Amen.

Which is probably about 95% of the planet. Why should they care if
the
Perl is shoddy? The web page works :)

I can see your point and I agree that a tiny initial learning curve is
a good thing but what happens when the shoddy bit of cgi is used to
execute an intrusion on the host it's based on or another machine?.
The coder has a responsibility to make sure that his work at least
pays some attention to security. And if the book doesn't cover use
warnings or use strict I doubt taint mode is in the contents.

If you thought Simons Buffy joke was bad have a look at this, you want
the Tainted Perl section...
http://www.spy.org.uk/london2600/party-2000.htm

Dean (Packing for Belgium so not at tonight's meeting)

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Re: Perl Books

2001-02-01 Thread Dean S Wilson

-Original Message-
From: Benjamin Holzman [EMAIL PROTECTED]

True, but there aren't many people who will assume that they can
perform
brain surgery just because they successfully applied a band-aid to a
paper
cut the week before.


You haven't been to the NHS recently have you... ;)

Dean

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   ---  Anon




Re: Perl Books

2001-02-01 Thread Aaron Trevena

On Thu, 1 Feb 2001, Elaine -HFB- Ashton wrote:
 No, there wasn't even something I could buy for it sadly. It's a simple
 CGI, I would have paid $15 for a quickie 'here's your simple cgi just plug
 in your variables here' code. 

Been there - more often than not, the cookbook fills any holes. I had a
particular problem with web forums - slashcode being a bit OTT and
wwwthreads cotsing money and then hundreds of PHP and java and asp forums,
then I found mwforum and now I am rewriting it big time to get back into
coding after sitting on my arse for weeks waiting for work or chasing
people up or editing html. If anybody is interested I hope to have a TT'd
version of mwforum on the web some time next week. After that I will
totally hack it apart and rework it to fit my own twisted needs.
 
 If I wanted Java or PHP however, I could take my pick or reasonably
 quickly useful stuff. I didn't have the same results for Perl it is just
 not out there or my standards are too high and I was looking in the wrong
 place.

A lot of programming is knowing where to look, If I hadn't been given a
good lowdown on where to get decent Notes information I would have spent
months getting anywhere but I was given the course notes for a notes
course, a stack of Notes Magazines and a list of urls. Also bought myself
the SAMs book on Notes Unleashed.

I told my old man he'd learn pretty much all he needed to know from
learning perl and perl  cgi by ORA. Its much better than wasting tiem
learning java or getting muddled with loads of crappy shareware or budget
perl software.

A.

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Re: Perl Books

2001-01-31 Thread Dominic Mitchell

On Wed, Jan 31, 2001 at 09:24:20AM -0500, Dave Cross wrote:
 Here's an interesting page[1]

Have a URL for that, guv?

-Dom



Re: Perl Books

2001-01-31 Thread Struan Donald

* at 31/01 14:28 + Dominic Mitchell said:
 On Wed, Jan 31, 2001 at 09:24:20AM -0500, Dave Cross wrote:
  Here's an interesting page[1]
 
 Have a URL for that, guv?

er... this unweldy thing would seem to be it:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/browse/-/4045/107-2581489-8245353

struan



Re: Perl Books

2001-01-31 Thread Robin Houston

On Wed, Jan 31, 2001 at 02:32:21PM +, Struan Donald wrote:
 
 er... this unweldy thing would seem to be it:
 
 http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/browse/-/4045/107-2581489-8245353

A handy hint for amazon URLs: you can knock off the long number
on the end, and the thing will still work. 

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/browse/-/4045


The same trick works for any amazon URL.
This has been a public service announcement.

 .robin.

-- 
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Re: Perl Books

2001-01-31 Thread Robin Szemeti

On Wed, 31 Jan 2001, you wrote:
 
  It's at http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/browse/-/4045/
 
 Crickey!  That book by Ms Castro that's been slated everywhere is at
 number 5!!!

no one ever said the buying public were intelligent ...

in fact it has been said (by some famoose newspaper tycoon ISTR) that no
one ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of their
readership.

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Re: Perl Books

2001-01-31 Thread Nathan Torkington

Elaine -HFB- Ashton writes:
 On the plus side, Addison-Wesley has a new CGI Perl book coming out in
 early February that should be a major improvement in this particular
 genre.

Hey, if she's allowed to plug, so am I :-) The 2nd edition of "CGI
Programming with Perl" (O'Reilly of course) is pretty bloody good.  I
was midway through writing a CGI class when I got a tech-review copy
of the book, and it was what I was going to teach and then some more.
I like that :-)

Nat



Re: Perl Books

2001-01-31 Thread Jonathan Stowe

On Wed, 31 Jan 2001, Elaine -HFB- Ashton wrote:

 Robin Szemeti [[EMAIL PROTECTED]] quoth:
 *
 *no one ever said the buying public were intelligent ...

 Well, people rise to meet expectations too. There is precious little in
 the way of good CGI books with a practical slant to them out there so out
 of the lot of them, this is probably one of the best. The same principle
 applies to Matt's famous archive...lots of people bitching and not much
 else.


Hasnt the Castro book been around almost as long as Matt's Accursed
Archive(tm) ?  I think the thing about the both of them is that they both
fill a particular niche that nobody higher up the food chain can
particularly be both bothered to compete for.  It's all just so, well, '96
really :)

I still think we should get Larry King to promote the Lincoln Stein vs
Matt Wright prize fight.

/J\
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Re: Perl Books

2001-01-31 Thread Dave Cross

On Wed, Jan 31, 2001 at 07:41:54PM +, Jonathan Stowe ([EMAIL PROTECTED]) wrote:
 On Wed, 31 Jan 2001, Elaine -HFB- Ashton wrote:
 
  Robin Szemeti [[EMAIL PROTECTED]] quoth:
  *
  *no one ever said the buying public were intelligent ...
 
  Well, people rise to meet expectations too. There is precious little in
  the way of good CGI books with a practical slant to them out there so out
  of the lot of them, this is probably one of the best. The same principle
  applies to Matt's famous archive...lots of people bitching and not much
  else.
 
 
 Hasnt the Castro book been around almost as long as Matt's Accursed
 Archive(tm) ?  I think the thing about the both of them is that they both
 fill a particular niche that nobody higher up the food chain can
 particularly be both bothered to compete for.  It's all just so, well, '96
 really :)

I wrote a very scathing review of Castro's book on amazon.com yesterday.
In case it doesn't get published, here's the gist:

For a technical book to be worth buying it needs to succeed on two fronts.
It needs to have accurate and useful information and it also needs to get
that information across in a manner that is understandable to its target
audience.

Castro's book obviously succeeds on the second front. Most of her
readers go away thinking they can write CGI scripts. This is why she
gets such good reader reviews. The problem with the book is that she
fails on the first count. Her Perl is appalling, but because her
audience are beginners they aren't qualified to cooment on this very
important part of the book.

Dave...

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Re: Perl Books

2001-01-31 Thread Robin Szemeti

On Wed, 31 Jan 2001, you wrote:
 Robin Szemeti [[EMAIL PROTECTED]] quoth:
 *
 *no one ever said the buying public were intelligent ...
 
 Well, people rise to meet expectations too. There is precious little in
 the way of good CGI books with a practical slant to them out there so out
 of the lot of them, this is probably one of the best. The same principle
 applies to Matt's famous archive...lots of people bitching and not much
 else.

err .. nope. people take the easiest route possible, people rarely rise
to my expectations .. but there are exceptions.

 *in fact it has been said (by some famoose newspaper tycoon ISTR) that no
 *one ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of their
 *readership.
 
 That would have been Mr. Hearst whose empire is but a mere shadow of what
 it once was. If you treat people like idiots, that's all you get are
 idiots.

his personal empire may have crumbled but there are many more who are
making plenty of $$ (and pounds) by catering to a buying public whose
major feature is stupidity. trust me, we have a major genre of newspaper
here in the UK that caters to a readership that sees earthworms as a
superior being.

i think we get a slanted view on what a 'normal level of intelligence'
is, because in general, we work with exceptional people. I spent the last
14 years working for the BBC, I thought I worked with some good people,
and some clueballs. Then I did jury service. 12 'good men (or women) and
true' ... a random sample of the great unwashed.  I doubt any of them
would have known a reasoned argument if one ran up to them in the street
and bit them. About then I reallised that I worked with a small slice of
the top of the pile (except journalists, who are pond life) and really I
should begin to worry about the future of the planet. Maybe I'm elitist,
maybe I have a overly inflated view of my own (and indeed all of our)
position in the food chain, but somehow I don't think I'm wrong on this
one.

 On the plus side, Addison-Wesley has a new CGI Perl book coming out in
 early February that should be a major improvement in this particular
 genre.

goodo ... time to buy a bigger bookcase. :)

-- 
Robin Szemeti

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Re: Perl Books

2001-01-31 Thread Elaine -HFB- Ashton

Nathan Torkington [[EMAIL PROTECTED]] quoth:
* Also L Steins Network Programming with Perl is a good book. I'm only a
* chunk into it buts its a good read on its own and an even better one
* if your not from a Unix background.
*
*Yup, it's a bloody impressive book.

And it's an Addison-Wesley book :)

e.



Re: Perl Books

2001-01-31 Thread Elaine -HFB- Ashton

Robin Szemeti [[EMAIL PROTECTED]] quoth:
*
*i think we get a slanted view on what a 'normal level of intelligence'
*is, because in general, we work with exceptional people. I spent the last

I know at least 2 nobel laureates who wouldn't know jack about CGI or
about selecting which book might be a better buy. Hell, I installed
Microsoft BOB for one of them way back when the GUI of windows vs. the
beauty of TeX was a bit much. Something new is a challenge, even if you
are a rocket scientist.

It's not a matter of pandering to the  stupid, it's a matter of presenting 
the information in a format that is easy to read and understand without
treating the reader to sanskrit. 

Of course, even the brilliant are often stupid especially when it comes to
applied v. theory. 

The great unwashed masses of CGI are probably not the brightest bulbs, but
I don't think it's so much an esoteric subject to justify such a dearth in
good documentation for them. 

e.



Re: Perl Books

2001-01-31 Thread Elaine -HFB- Ashton

Nathan Torkington [[EMAIL PROTECTED]] quoth:
*
*Hey, if she's allowed to plug, so am I :-) The 2nd edition of "CGI
*Programming with Perl" (O'Reilly of course) is pretty bloody good.  I
*was midway through writing a CGI class when I got a tech-review copy
*of the book, and it was what I was going to teach and then some more.
*I like that :-)

Well, anything would be an improvement over the 1st edition :D

e.



Re: Perl Books

2001-01-31 Thread Dave Cross

On Wed, Jan 31, 2001 at 09:05:25PM +, Dave Cross ([EMAIL PROTECTED]) wrote:

[Liz Castro's appalling Perl/CGI book]

 I wrote a very scathing review of Castro's book on amazon.com yesterday.
 In case it doesn't get published, here's the gist:
 
 For a technical book to be worth buying it needs to succeed on two fronts.
 It needs to have accurate and useful information and it also needs to get
 that information across in a manner that is understandable to its target
 audience.
 
 Castro's book obviously succeeds on the second front. Most of her
 readers go away thinking they can write CGI scripts. This is why she
 gets such good reader reviews. The problem with the book is that she
 fails on the first count. Her Perl is appalling, but because her
 audience are beginners they aren't qualified to cooment on this very
 important part of the book.

Interestingly, I've received an email from Ms Castro in response to my
Amazon review (which was published last night). She's not particularly
happy about it. I won't forward her private correspondance to the list,
but I may well have a copy with me this evening.

Dave...

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Perl Books

2001-01-23 Thread Dean S Wilson

I was having a look at the perl book reviews on Amazon (Yes boycott,
yes they have good reviews) when I came across this

Proceedings of the Perl Conference 4.0
http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0596000138/qid=980264576/sr=1
-62/202-4272860-9199824

I didn't get to go to that conference so can anyone who did go and
knows anything about this tell me if it contains details on the talks
and similar?

Dean
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Re: Perl Books

2001-01-23 Thread Nathan Torkington

Elaine -HFB- Ashton writes:
 It's a copy of all the refereed papers as I recall, not the tutorials.
 It's tape bound and has Conway's Perligata Talk among others. 

What Elaine said.  It's the book we handed out to TPC attendees in
2000, containing the refereed papers.

Nat



RE: Books

2001-01-08 Thread dcross - David Cross

From: Philip Newton [EMAIL PROTECTED]
Sent: 08 January 2001 14:53
 
 David Hodgkinson wrote:
  Kieran Barry [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes:
  
   And anyway, computing by publisher is getting a lot 
 better. You just
   browse O'Reilly, Addison Wesley and Prentice Hall.
  
  Heretic. Manning publish Conway's OO Perl book.
 
 And Dave's "I got to use 'Munging' in a book title" book, no?

Yep (well in a couple of weeks time :)

Dave...

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Re: Books

2001-01-07 Thread David Hodgkinson

Kieran Barry [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes:

 On Thu, 4 Jan 2001, David H. Adler wrote:
 
  On Thu, Jan 04, 2001 at 01:59:05PM +, David Hodgkinson wrote:
   Struan Donald [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes:

er, what's wrong with foyles if it's not a silly question?
   
   Insane filing system
  
  They (used to, at least) file their Science Fiction (and some other
  sections) by publisher rather than author or even title.  Good luck
  finding a book if you don't know the publisher...
  
 The computing section is somewhat more sane these days.
 
 And anyway, computing by publisher is getting a lot better. You just
 browse O'Reilly, Addison Wesley and Prentice Hall.

Heretic. Manning publish Conway's OO Perl book.

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Books

2001-01-04 Thread David Hodgkinson


It took me three bookshops on Charing Cross Road to get a perl library
together for the guys I'm working with, but I managed it without
having to go into Foyle's. Yeah!

The bonus was a second edition of Jon Bentley's "Programming
Pearls". A classic.




Re: Books

2001-01-04 Thread Struan Donald

* at 04/01 13:26 + David Hodgkinson said:
 
 It took me three bookshops on Charing Cross Road to get a perl library
 together for the guys I'm working with, but I managed it without
 having to go into Foyle's. Yeah!

er, what's wrong with foyles if it's not a silly question?

s
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Re: Books

2001-01-04 Thread Piers Cawley

David Hodgkinson [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes:

 Struan Donald [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes:
 
  * at 04/01 13:26 + David Hodgkinson said:
  
   It took me three bookshops on Charing Cross Road to get a perl
   library together for the guys I'm working with, but I managed it
   without having to go into Foyle's. Yeah!
 
  er, what's wrong with foyles if it's not a silly question?
 
 Insane filing system
 
 Legendarily unhelpful staff

Much better than it was now the old lady's gone. Heck, they even have
barcode scanners now...

 It smells funny

Hmm... can't say I'd noticed that, but I have a cold.

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Re: Books

2001-01-04 Thread Greg McCarroll

* Michael Stevens ([EMAIL PROTECTED]) wrote:
 On Thu, Jan 04, 2001 at 01:59:05PM +, David Hodgkinson wrote:
   er, what's wrong with foyles if it's not a silly question?
  
  Insane filing system
  
  Legendarily unhelpful staff
  
  It smells funny
 
 I spent several minutes once trying to teach one of the staff in their
 computing section how to spell the word 'silicon'. So he could put it into
 their computer and find the book I wanted, for which I knew both title
 and author.
 

That was Sili of you 

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RE: Books

2001-01-04 Thread dcross - David Cross

From: Struan Donald [EMAIL PROTECTED]
Sent: 04 January 2001 14:50
 
 * at 04/01 13:26 + David Hodgkinson said:
  
  It took me three bookshops on Charing Cross Road to get a 
  perl library together for the guys I'm working with, but 
  I managed it without having to go into Foyle's. Yeah!
 
 er, what's wrong with foyles if it's not a silly question?

Typical customer enquiry in Foyles:

Customer: Can you tell me where your books on [insert random subject] are?
Foyles Bod: Who are they published by?
C: Huh?
FB: All of our books are classified by publisher. We find that's easier for
finding a specific book.
C: But I don't know what book I want. I just want to look at all of the
books on [insert random subject] and compare them.
FB: Then you'll have to visit each publisher's section indiviudally.
C (mutters to self): Or I could just go next door to Waterstones.


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Re: Books

2001-01-04 Thread Michael Stevens

On Thu, Jan 04, 2001 at 03:10:24PM +, Greg McCarroll wrote:
 That was Sili of you 

On the plus side, They Have Lots Of Books, which makes up for almost
all their faults.



Re: Books

2001-01-04 Thread Chris Benson

On Thu, Jan 04, 2001 at 01:26:25PM +, David Hodgkinson wrote:
 
 It took me three bookshops on Charing Cross Road to get a perl library
 together for the guys I'm working with, but I managed it without
 having to go into Foyle's. Yeah!
 
 The bonus was a second edition of Jon Bentley's "Programming
 Pearls". A classic.

Aha, you've left yourself open to pedants here: ...

Is that 2nd edition as in with updates?  Or as in "Reprinted with 
corrections May, 1989"?

If the first, what's the difference?  Is it worth getting it if you've
already got 1.ed?

Also, are you going to get them "More Programming Pearls, Confessions of
a Coder" as well?
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Re: Books

2001-01-04 Thread David H. Adler

On Thu, Jan 04, 2001 at 01:59:05PM +, David Hodgkinson wrote:
 Struan Donald [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes:
  
  er, what's wrong with foyles if it's not a silly question?
 
 Insane filing system

They (used to, at least) file their Science Fiction (and some other
sections) by publisher rather than author or even title.  Good luck
finding a book if you don't know the publisher...

dave, has had issues w/foyles for many years...

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