Data Munging with Perl
Date: February, 2001
From: John Klassa
Book: Data Munging with Perl
by David Cross
Copyright 2001 by Manning Publications Co.
munge (muhnj) vt. 1. [derogatory] To imperfectly transform
information. 2. A comprehensive rewrite of a subroutine, a data
structure, or the whole program. 3. To modify data in some way the
speaker doesn't need to go into right now or cannot describe
succinctly (compare mumble).
--The Jargon File
So begins this book... I was looking forward to this book, since the
topic is one that's near and dear to my heart. I've spent most of my
professional life munging data with perl, so this book seemed
especially relevant. Given the publisher of the book (the same folks
who did Conway's Object Oriented Programming with Perl), I was
looking forward to a meaty, insightful book.
Unfortunately, I don't think the book was written for me. It's a nice
book, and it seems well-written... I'm sure it would be useful to
somebody with a year or two of perl under their belt, who hadn't yet
been exposed to the ways that you tend to do things when you're munging
data with perl. If fact, for somebody like that, it's probably very
useful. It talks about Schwartzian Transforms (one of my favorite
topics), even. :-)
Nonetheless, if you're like me and you've been around the proverbial
block a few (dozen) times, you won't get much out of this book. It
took until page 180-something before I learned anything new; at that,
what I learned was merely that a module I'd heard about (but never
used) had a couple of features that I might find useful.
To recap, if you're new to perl, or at least haven't been around it all
that long, this book probably has a thing or two to teach you. If
you're a veteran, this probably isn't the book for you.
Time-stamp: "2001-02-15 20:17:32 raleigh"