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Catalyst Book Review Out

CatalystOpen SourcePerl Dave Cross has published a Catalyst Book Review that was written by Jonathan Rockway and published by Packt Publishing.

...I knew that Catalyst was something that I should take the time to learn, but it always seemed like such a daunting task.

For that reason, I was really looking forward to reading this book. I'm the kind of person who learns best from reading a book and I hoped that with a few tube rides reading this book, coupled with a few practical sessions in front of the computer, I'd soon have Catalyst. I'm sorry to report that having read the book, Catalyst is almost as confusing to me now as it was before.

I don't think that much of the blame can be laid at the feet of the author. Jonathan Rockway is a member of the core Catalyst development team. I've read his blog and his contributions to various mailing lists. He obviously knows his stuff. I think he's been badly let down by his editors.

I have not read it so I can't really comment.




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Everett on :

*No, the book has serious flaws in it. Jonathan is a highly intelligent guy, but it's extremely difficult for someone who has worked on Catalyst from the inside out to explain it from the outside in. The whole Catalyst website and web site in general is a prime example of very poor documentation.

Gavin Henry on :

*Hmm, is there anything you can do to contribute to lend advice etc.?

I often find the best way to improve these things is to contribute via patches or posting to the mailing lists.



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