The Perl community’s unique combination of whimsy and intelligence has rarely been displayed as well as in Games, Diversions & Perl Culture. Editor Jon Orwant has combed the past five years of Perl Journal to select nearly 50 terrific articles.
This is actually the third Perl Journal collection Orwant’s edited. Computer Science and Perl Programming and Web Graphics and Perl/Tk were incredibly and immediately useful. With this one, though, you get to have a good deal of fun along with the problem solving.
Here’s where you’ll find articles on using Perl to search for English-language rhymes, and learn how to control your home X10 system with Perl. (Household appliances aren’t too swift. Don’t forget to build an event queue so your computer can keep busy while it’s waiting for responses.) And Ray F. Piodasoll shows you some of the program bugs he inadvertently introduced into the U.S. nuclear defense arsenal.
Don’t miss Lincoln Stein’s classic article on how Perl “saved” the Human Genome Project by enabling its two major laboratories to exchange data and compare results. Or Sean M. Burke and Sheri Wells-Jensen on using Perl to transform common English into Braille -- contractions, abbreviations, and all. (You’ll learn a lot about regexes.)
All of Perl Journal’s classic “Obfuscated Perl” contests are reprinted here, plus the legendary Perl Internet Quiz Shows from O’Reilly’s annual conventions. This is the perfect entertainment for anyone who loves Perl -- and a great gift for “that Perl monger in your life.” Bill Camarda
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.