Computer Science & Perl Programming: Best of The Perl Journal [NOOK Book]

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In its first five years of existence, The Perl Journal ran 247 articles by over 120 authors. Every serious Perl programmer subscribed to it, and every notable Perl guru jumped at the opportunity to write for it. TPJ explained critical topics such as regular expressions, databases, and object-oriented programming, and demonstrated Perl's utility for fields as diverse as astronomy, biology, economics, AI, and games. The magazine gave birth to both the Obfuscated Perl Contest and the Perl Poetry contest, and remains...

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Overview

In its first five years of existence, The Perl Journal ran 247 articles by over 120 authors. Every serious Perl programmer subscribed to it, and every notable Perl guru jumped at the opportunity to write for it. TPJ explained critical topics such as regular expressions, databases, and object-oriented programming, and demonstrated Perl's utility for fields as diverse as astronomy, biology, economics, AI, and games. The magazine gave birth to both the Obfuscated Perl Contest and the Perl Poetry contest, and remains a proud and timeless achievement of Perl during one of its most exciting periods of development.

Computer Science and Perl Programming is the first volume of The Best of the Perl Journal, compiled and re-edited by the original editor and publisher of The Perl Journal, Jon Orwant. In this series, we've taken the very best (and still relevant) articles published in TPJ over its 5 years of publication and immortalized them into three volumes. This volume has 70 articles devoted to hard-core computer science, advanced programming techniques, and the underlying mechanics of Perl.

Here's a sample of what you'll find inside:

  • Jeffrey Friedl on Understanding Regexes
  • Mark Jason Dominus on optimizing your Perl programs with Memoization
  • Damian Conway on Parsing
  • Tim Meadowcroft on integrating Perl with Microsoft Office
  • Larry Wall on the culture of Perl

Written by 41 of the most prominent and prolific members of the closely-knit Perl community, this anthology does what no other book can, giving unique insight into the real-life applications and powerful techniques made possible by Perl.

Other books tell you how to use Perl, but this book goes far beyond that: it shows you not only how to use Perl, but what you could use Perl for. This is more than just The Best of the Perl Journal -- in many ways, this is the best of Perl.

These are the best and most timeless articles printed in "The Perl Journal." Topics include networking, software development, coding style, internals, and others.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781449371340
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/4/2002
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 762
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Jon Orwant founded The Perl Journal and received the White Camel lifetime achievement award for contributions to Perl in 2004. He's Engineering Manager at Google, where he leads Patent Search, visualizations, and digital humanities teams. For most of his tenure at Google, Jon worked on Book Search, and he developed the widely used Google Books Ngram Viewer. Prior to Google, he was CTO of O'Reilly, Director of Research at France Telecom, and a Lecturer at MIT. Orwant received his doctorate from MIT's Electronic Publishing Group in 1999.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
1 Introduction 1
Pt. I Beginner Concepts
2 All About Arrays 9
3 Perfect Programming 18
4 Precedence 24
5 The Birth of a One-Liner 36
6 Comparators, Sorting, and Hashes 41
7 What Is Truth? 48
8 Using Object-Oriented Modules 54
9 Unreal Numbers 65
10 CryptoContext 71
11 References 76
12 Perl Heresies 83
Pt. II Regular Expressions
13 Understanding Regular Expressions, Part I 89
14 Understanding Regular Expressions, Part II 104
15 Understanding Regular Expressions, Part III 111
16 Nibbling Strings 115
17 How Regexes Work 122
Pt. III Computer Science
18 Infinite Lists 139
19 Compression 152
20 Memoization 161
21 Parsing 176
22 Trees and Game Trees 200
23 B-Trees 221
24 Making Life and Death Decisions with Perl 238
25 Information Retrieval 245
26 Randomness 254
27 Random Number Generators and XS 260
Pt. IV Programming Techniques
28 Suffering from Buffering 273
29 Scoping 281
30 Seven Useful Uses of local 291
31 Parsing Command-Line Options 304
32 Building a Better Hash with tie 311
33 Source Filters 327
34 Overloading 339
35 Building Objects Out of Arrays 348
36 Hiding Objects with Closures 355
37 Multiple Dispatch in Perl 366
Pt. V Software Development
38 Using Other Languages from Perl 389
39 SWIG 404
40 Benchmarking 418
41 Building Software with Cons 424
42 MakeMaker 435
43 Autoloading Perl Code 443
44 Debugging and Devel:: 448
Pt. VI Networking
45 Email with Attachments 455
46 Sending Mail Without sendmail 464
47 Filtering Mail 472
48 Net::Telnet 480
49 Microsoft Office 485
50 Client-Server Applications 492
51 Managing Streaming Audio 507
52 A 74-Line IP Telephone 518
53 Controlling Modems 531
54 Using Usenet from Perl 541
55 Transferring Files with FTP 547
56 Spidering an FTP Site 557
57 DNS Updates with Perl 570
Pt. VII Databases
58 DBI 579
59 Using DBI with Microsoft Access 587
60 DBI Caveats 595
61 Beyond Hardcoded Database Applications with DBIx::Recordset 601
62 Win32::ODBC 608
63 Net::LDAP 622
64 Web Databases the Genome Project Way 637
65 Spreadsheet::WriteExcel 656
Pt. VIII Internals
66 How to Improve Perl 671
67 Components of the Perl Distribution 676
68 Basic Perl Anatomy 679
69 Lexical Analysis 685
70 Debugging Perl Programs with -D 692
71 Microperl 705
Index 711
About the Authors 731
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2004

    Computer Science and Perl Programming

    Ahh how I miss The Perl Journal. This volume brings me right back to the good old days of humor and fine code. Unfortunately, The Perl Journal has been relegated to a quarterly supplement appearing in Sys Admin magazine. Thankfully, some of the knowledge found in the pages of The Perl Journal has been compiled here. Computer Science and Perl Programming is a collection of 70 articles from The Perl Journal. It is the first volume of a set of three and, in my opinion, the best volume. Jon Orwant, the original editor of The Perl Journal, has done a great job in putting together this volume. This volume is divided into tips for beginners, regular expressions, data structures, networking, databases, software development processes, object-oriented programming, and advanced Perl programming techniques. I particularly enjoyed the regular expressions, and networking sections. The data structures section was also very useful, as data structures in Perl can tend to be a bit odd. This volume has a good bit of programming knowledge crammed into it, and seems to be a bit more serious than the other two volumes. All in all, a great read and a great reference to keep around. I would definitely advise anyone interested in Perl to pick up this set, you won¿t regret it.

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