views on "Catalyst" by Jonathan Rockway ?

Jonathan Rockway jon at
Tue Feb 5 17:30:06 GMT 2008

* On Tue, Feb 05 2008, Dave Cross wrote:
> Quoting Dirk Koopman <djk at>:
>> Anybody read it? Any good?
> I have a review copy which I have read and should really think about
> writing a review of. Maybe I'll be able to find time this evening.
> But in the meantime, a summary...
> There's a very good and very useful book in there. But the current
> revision reads a bit like a first draft. It really needs a couple more
> rounds of heavy editing.

Pretty fair assessment.  Working with Packt was weird.  I *think* I had
an editor, but I'm not sure.  Nothing was ever edited, and I don't think
anyone on the team was a native speaker of English.  Towards the end of
the project, someone internally was reviewing the code.  Since this was
their first Perl book, they needed help setting up Catalyst on Vista
*sigh*.  While I was researching that for them, they just sent the book
to the printer (with an older version of Chapter 3 for some reason).
Uh, what?

Writing a book is stressful.

Anyway, to make the *reading* part slightly less stressful, please take
a look at:


There you can find runnable versions of every application after every
chapter, and the list of errata.  That will hopefully aid in the
enjoyment of the book :)

Jonathan Rockway

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