The Barnes & Noble Review
Perl's been around forever. But most Perl coders still haven't mastered many of its sophisticated capabilities: They write as if they were still working in C. In Higher-Order Perl, Mark Jason Dominus illuminates Perl techniques that resemble Lisp far more than C. By learning Dominus’s techniques, you can accomplish things in Perl that can’t be done any other way and automate tasks you'd struggle to handle conventionally.
Dominus shows how to use recursion to make functions more flexible, and how to use caching to overcome many of the performance problems that often afflict recursive functions. You’ll learn how to use iterators; and when (and how) to replace recursion with iterators. You’ll discover better ways to handle parsing; master advanced declarative programming techniques; and more. You were impressed with Perl before, but you didn’t know the half of it. Bill Camarda, from the July 2005 Read Only
Gregory V. Wilson
"It’s well written...everyone who claims to be an expert ought to read it..these techniques allow programmers to accomplish far more than they’re used to."
Dr. Dobb’s Journal, November 2005
"It is, quite simply, one of the best books on programming I have read for a long time."
Computing Reviews, Association for Computing Machinery, July 2005
"I love it in any book, but tech books of course are typically expected to do something like append to your knowledge, so when one takes it in unexpected directions that’s terrific. Okay, I actually expected no less from this book - MJD is a joyfully intelligent writer."
From the Publisher
“It's well written…everyone who claims to be an expert ought to read it…these techniques allow programmers to accomplish far more than they're used to.” -Gregory V. Wilson, Dr. Dobb's Journal, November 2005 “It is, quite simply, one of the best books on programming I have read for a long time.”-Martin Schweitzer, Computing Reviews, Association for Computing Machinery, July 2005
“Mark Jason Dominus has hit his mark with Higher Order Perl. It is a very informative book that is a must read for Perl programmers who want to take their skills to the next level.” -Mark Rutz, Linux Journal, November 2005 “The chapter on parsing alone is worth the price of this book. I do not know a better text about parsing in Perl.” -Reinhard Voglmaier, Unix Review, November 2005
“Mark Jason Dominus explores recursion so thoroughly he literally turns it inside-out, showing in simple terms how to turn recursive functions into iterators.” -Peter Scott, President, PSDT, November 2005
“Higher-Order Perl is one of the Perl books that should have a place on the bookshelf of every Perl programmer. It offers an in-depth understanding of important programming techniques and fundamental concepts.” Reinhard Voglmaier, UnixReview.com, November 2005
“Higher-Order Perl is a terrific book targeted at the advanced Perl programmer with a significant computer science background. The tone, content, and code make Higher-Order Perl memorable; the knowledge, wisdom, and intuition it provides make it a book any Perl programmer should aim to understand and digest in full.”.” Teodor Zlatanov, Programmer, Gold Software Systems