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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2005


    The Perl world has changed drastically in the last five years! Author Simon Cozens has done an outstanding job of keeping up with those changes in this 2nd edition of the book by taking you through some of the most important Perl techniques and resources available at the moment. Cozens begins by introducing a few common tricks advanced Perl programmers use with examples from popular Perl modules. Next, the author covers parsing irregular or unstructured data with Parse::RecDescent and Parse::Yapp, plus parsing HTML and XML. Then, he details some of the most common tools for templating and when to use them, including formats, Text::Template, HTML::Template, HTML::Mason, and the Template Toolkit. The author continues by explaining various ways to efficiently store and retrieve complex data using objects--a concept commonly called object-relational mapping. In addition, the author next shows you some of the ways Perl can manipulate natural language data: inflections, conversions, parsing, extraction, and Bayesian analysis. He also reviews some of the problems and solutions to make the most of Perl's Unicode support. The author next looks at the popular Perl event-based environment for task scheduling, multitasking, and non-blocking I/O code. Next, the author covers the essentials of testing your code. Then, he talks about how to extend Perl by writing code in other languages, using the Inline::* modules. Finally, he closes on a lighter note with a few recreational use of Perl. With the preceding in mind, the author has done an excellent job of making sure that you will have a good idea of how to use what's available in Perl and, how you can save yourself time and effort by using Perl and the resources available to get the job done. At the end of the day, you'll be ready to use and integrate whatever developments come down the line.

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