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  • Posted January 24, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    A must read for everyone interested in Perl.

    This is the best book for learning Perl, in my opinion. This might not be the best book those who haven't ever programed before though because it focuses more on the syntax of the simple things (like if, while, for, etc.) and expects you know how they work.

    What I liked about this book was all the footnotes. Yes, I know that sounds weird, but there are a lot of footnotes, all with interesting information, like why Larry named things the names he did.

    Overall, this books keeps you interested, and isn't a long boring read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2005

    A REAL WHIRLWIND TOUR

    If you want to spend some time learning Perl, this fourth edition of the book is for you. Authors Randal Schwartz, Tom Phoenix and brian foy, have done an outstanding job of providing you with a book that helps you understand why the Perl programming language is the workhorse of the Internet as well as, the language of choice for system administrators, web hackers, and casual programmers around the world. Schwartz, Phoenix and foy begin by asking you a number of questions: What does Perl stand for? How can you get Perl? How do you make a Perl program? And, so forth. Next, the authors cover scalar data, with respect to numbers and strings. Then, they examine lists (an ordered collection of scalars) and arrays ( a variable that contains a list). The authors continue by showing you how Perl can make subrountines, which are user-defined functions. In addition, the authors next introduce you to the workings of standard input, output and error streams. They also show you a feature that makes Perl one of the world's great programming languages--hashes. Next, the authors take you on a trip to visit the world of regular expressions, where you can forget about the world of Perl. Then, they show you where this world fits into Perl's world. The authors continue by showing you how to use patterns to locate the parts of strings that you want to change. Then, you'll see some alternative ways to write Perl code. In addition, the authors present a complete set of tests that are used by Perl to help you find information about files. They also show you how Perl lets you manipulate operations directories directly, in ways that are even fairly portable from one operating system to another. Next, the authors show you a simpler way of working with strings and sorting. Then, they present the inner workings of process management. The authors continue by showing you how to use modules that already exist. Finally, they examine some advanced Perl techniques. With the preceding in mind, the authors have done an excellent job of giving you a real whirlwind tour of Perl. So, at the end of the day, you'll know whether this is the right Perl book for you!

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  • Posted April 25, 2011

    Good book but badly formatted

    Code examples run off the edge of the screen so you cannot read them. Read it in another form because it is worth reading. It is a good intro to Perl from the ground up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2011

    formatting issue

    constant width text does not reflow properly. this makes the majority of the comments in code examples partially unreadable where they run off the page. content of the book is otherwise great.

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  • Posted February 13, 2010

    Excellent resource

    This book is an excellent intro to Perl. It will also serve as a reference later on. Highly recommended purchase if you have any interest in Perl

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2009

    excellent introduction

    recommended

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2008

    Easy to understand, thorough method.

    This is a wonderful book for any beginner to Perl. I'd had no previous experience, and I've found the exercises to be easy and educational. The authors have good senses of humor and the writing style is excellent. Overall, 'Learning Perl' is a must-have for all beginning Perl students.

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