Programming Perl / Edition 3

Programming Perl / Edition 3

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by Larry Wall
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0596000278

ISBN-13: 2900596000270

Pub. Date: 07/14/2000

Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated

Perl is a powerful programming language that has grown in popularity since it first appeared in 1988. The first edition of this book, Programming Perl, hit the shelves in 1990, and was quickly adopted as the undisputed bible of the language. Since then, Perl has grown with the times, and so has this book.

Programming Perl is not just a book about

Overview

Perl is a powerful programming language that has grown in popularity since it first appeared in 1988. The first edition of this book, Programming Perl, hit the shelves in 1990, and was quickly adopted as the undisputed bible of the language. Since then, Perl has grown with the times, and so has this book.

Programming Perl is not just a book about Perl. It is also a unique introduction to the language and its culture, as one might expect only from its authors. Larry Wall is the inventor of Perl, and provides a unique perspective on the evolution of Perl and its future direction. Tom Christiansen was one of the first champions of the language, and lives and breathes the complexities of Perl internals as few other mortals do. Jon Orwant is the editor of The Perl Journal, which has brought together the Perl community as a common forum for new developments in Perl.

Any Perl book can show the syntax of Perl's functions, but only this one is a comprehensive guide to all the nooks and crannies of the language. Any Perl book can explain typeglobs, pseudohashes, and closures, but only this one shows how they really work. Any Perl book can say that my is faster than local, but only this one explains why. Any Perl book can have a title, but only this book is affectionately known by all Perl programmers as The Camel.

This third edition of Programming Perl has been expanded to cover version 5.6 of this maturing language. New topics include threading, the compiler, Unicode, and other new features that have been added since the previous edition.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900596000270
Publisher:
O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/14/2000
Edition description:
Third Edition
Pages:
1104

Table of Contents

Preface PART 1: Overview

Chapter 1. An Overview of Perl
Getting Started
Natural and Artificial Languages
An Average Example
Filehandles
Operators
Control Structures
Regular Expressions
List Processing
What You Don't Know Won't Hurt You (Much)
PART 2: The Gory Details

Chapter 2. Bits and Pieces
Atoms
Molecules
Built-in Data Types
Variables
Names
Scalar Values
Context
List Values and Arrays
Hashes
Typeglobs and Filehandles
Input Operators
Chapter 3. Unary and Binary Operators
Terms and List Operators (Leftward)
The Arrow Operator
Autoincrement and Autodecrement
Exponentiation
Ideographic Unary Operators
Binding Operators
Multiplicative Operators
Additive Operators
Shift Operators
Named Unary and File Test Operators
Relational Operators
Equality Operators
Bitwise Operators
C-Style Logical (Short-Circuit) Operators
Range Operator
Conditional Operator
Assignment Operators
Comma Operators
List Operators (Rightward)
Logical and, or, not, and xor
C Operators Missing from Perl
Chapter 4. Statements and Declarations
Simple Statements
Compound Statements
if and unless Statements
Loop Statements
Bare Blocks
goto
Global Declarations
Scoped Declarations
Pragmas
Chapter 5. Pattern Matching
The Regular Expression Bestiary
Pattern-Matching Operators
Metacharacters and Metasymbols
Character Classes
Quantifiers
Positions
Capturing and Clustering
Alternation
Staying in Control
Fancy Patterns
Chapter 6. Subroutines
Syntax
Semantics
Passing References
Prototypes
Subroutine Attributes
Chapter 7. Formats
Format Variables
Footers
Chapter 8. References
What Is a Reference?
Creating References
Using Hard References
Symbolic References
Braces, Brackets, and Quoting
Chapter 9. Data Structures
Arrays of Arrays
Hashes of Arrays
Arrays of Hashes
Hashes of Hashes
Hashes of Functions
More Elaborate Records
Saving Data Structures
Chapter 10. Packages
Symbol Tables
Autoloading
Chapter 11. Modules
Using Modules
Creating Modules
Overriding Built-in Functions
Chapter 12. Objects
Brief Refresher on Object-Oriented Lingo
Perl's Object System
Method Invocation
Object Construction
Class Inheritance
Instance Destructors
Managing Instance Data
Managing Class Data
Summary
Chapter 13. Overloading
The overload Pragma
Overload Handlers
Overloadable Operators
The Copy Constructor (=)
When an Overload Handler Is Missing (nomethod and fallback)
Overloading Constants
Public Overload Functions
Inheritance and Overloading
Run-Time Overloading
Overloading Diagnostics
Chapter 14. Tied Variables
Tying Scalars
Tying Arrays
Tying Hashes
Tying Filehandles
A Subtle Untying Trap
Tie Modules on CPAN
PART 3: Perl as Technology

Chapter 15. Unicode
Building Character
Effects of Character Semantics
Caution, \[ren2bold] Working
Chapter 16. Interprocess Communication
Signals
Files
Pipes
System V IPC
Sockets Chapter 17. Threads
The Process Model
The Thread Model Chapter 18. Compiling
The Life Cycle of a Perl Program
Compiling Your Code
Executing Your Code
Compiler Backends
Code Generators
Code Development Tools
Avant-Garde Compiler, Retro Interpreter
Chapter 19. The Command-Line Interface
Command Processing
Environment Variables
Chapter 20. The Perl Debugger
Using the Debugger
Debugger Commands
Debugger Customization
Unattended Execution
Debugger Support
The Perl Profiler
Chapter 21. Internals and Externals
How Perl Works
Internal Data Types
Extending Perl (Using C from Perl)
Embedding Perl (Using Perl from C)
The Moral of the Story
PART 4: Perl as Culture

Chapter 22. CPAN
The CPAN modules Directory
Using CPAN Modules
Creating CPAN Modules
Chapter 23. Security
Handling Insecure Data
Handling Timing Glitches
Handling Insecure Code
Chapter 24. Common Practices
Common Goofs for Novices
Efficiency
Programming with Style
Fluent Perl
Program Generation
Chapter 25. Portable Perl
Newlines
Endianness and Number Width
Files and Filesystems
System Interaction
Interprocess Communication (IPC)
External Subroutines (XS)
Standard Modules
Dates and Times
Internationalization
Style
Chapter 26. Plain Old Documentation
Pod in a Nutshell
Pod Translators and Modules
Writing Your Own Pod Tools
Pod Pitfalls
Documenting Your Perl Programs
Chapter 27. Perl Culture
History Made Practical
Perl Poetry
PART 5: Reference Material

Chapter 28. Special Names
Special Names Grouped by Type
Special Variables in Alphabetical Order
Chapter 29. Functions
Perl Functions by Category
Perl Functions in Alphabetical Order
Chapter 30. The Standard Perl Library
Library Science
A Tour of the Perl Library
Chapter 31. Pragmatic Modules
use attributes
use autouse
use base
use blib
use bytes
use charnames
use constant
use diagnostics
use fields
use filetest
use integer
use less
use lib
use locale
use open
use overload
use re
use sigtrap
use strict
use subs
use vars
use warnings
Chapter 32. Standard Modules
Listings by Type
Benchmark
Carp
CGI
CGI::Carp
Class::Struct
Config
CPAN
Cwd
Data::Dumper
DB_File
Dumpvalue
English
Errno
Exporter
Fatal
Fcntl
File::Basename
File::Compare
File::Copy
File::Find
File::Glob
File::Spec
File::stat
File::Temp
FileHandle
Getopt::Long
Getopt::Std
IO::Socket
IPC::Open2
IPC::Open3
Math::BigInt
Math::Complex
Math::Trig
Net::hostent
POSIX
Safe
Socket
Symbol
Sys::Hostname
Sys::Syslog
Term::Cap
Text::Wrap
Time::Local
Time::localtime
User::grent
User::pwent
Chapter 33. Diagnostic Messages
Glossary
Index

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Programming Perl 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
gcraigm More than 1 year ago
This is essential reading for Perl programmers. There are tons of Perl references floating around and 'perldoc' is always under my fingertips. But when it comes right down to it, this book consistently has the quickest answer to most simple questions. If the answer isn't in here, there's usually something here that points you in the right direction. So if "Learning Perl" struck you as a bit pedestrian, but some of the recipes in "Perl Cookbook" went by too fast, then you want this book. I would loan you mine but I don't let it leave my desk. ;)
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JKW More than 1 year ago
A project at work needed to translated from my previously written Python code into a Perl script. This book was instrumental to the success of the project! The overall tone is friendly and informed. A recommended read to anyone who has Perl programming needs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be well written, easy to understand, and extremely informative. It makes a great reference, but also takes the time to teach you the perl methodology of programming. You get all the in's and out's of the compiler since the creator of the language wrote the book. If you are going to buy just one Perl book, this is it. If you are new to programming, or just need an easy entry into Perl, I'd recommend O'Reilly's Learning Perl book, otherwise this is the ultimate, definitive Perl guide.