Learning Perl

Learning Perl

by Tom Phoenix
     
 

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If you ask Perl programmers today what book they relied on most when they were learning Perl, you'll find that an overwhelming majority will name Learning Perl--also known affectionately as "the Llama." The first edition of Learning Perl appeared in 1993 and has been a bestseller ever since. Written by two of the most prominent and active members of

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If you ask Perl programmers today what book they relied on most when they were learning Perl, you'll find that an overwhelming majority will name Learning Perl--also known affectionately as "the Llama." The first edition of Learning Perl appeared in 1993 and has been a bestseller ever since. Written by two of the most prominent and active members of the Perl community, this book is the quintessential tutorial for the Perl programming language.Perl began as a tool for Unix system administrators, used for countless small tasks throughout the workday. It has since blossomed into a full-featured programming language on practically every computing platform, and is used for web programming, database manipulation, XML processing, and (of course) system administration--all this while still remaining the perfect tool for the small daily tasks it was designed for. Perl is quick, fun, and eminently useful. Many people start using Perl because they need it, but they continue to use Perl because they love it.The third edition of Learning Perl has not only been updated for Perl 5.6, but has also been rewritten from the ground up to reflect the needs of programmers learning Perl today. Informed by their years of success at teaching Perl as consultants, the authors have re-engineered the book to better match the pace and scope appropriate for readers trying to get started with Perl, while retaining the detailed discussion, thorough examples, and eclectic wit for which the book is famous.This edition of the Llama includes an expanded and more gently-paced introduction to regular expressions, new exercises and solutions designed so readers can practice what they've learned while it's still fresh in their minds, and an overall reworking to bring Learning Perl into the new millennium.Perl is a language for getting your job done. Other books may teach you to program in Perl, but this book will turn you into a Perl programmer.

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The Barnes & Noble Review
Want to learn Perl? Any Perlmonger will tell you where to start -- with “the Llama book,” Learning Perl. Now’s the time: It’s just been thoroughly updated for Perl 5.8 and reorganized to be even more effective at teaching Perl novices.

No introductory guide can cover all of Perl, but Learning Perl cover all you need to get seriously productive: scalar data, lists, arrays, subroutines, I/O, hashes, control structures, strings, sorting, processes, and more. This edition’s additions include a new chapter on Perl’s invaluable CPAN archive, plus significantly improved coverage of regular expressions.

Learning Perl’s exercises have been refined through live instruction to thousands of students; they’re truly worth your time. They’ll go a long way towards helping you achieve this book’s core goal: not just to teach you Perl but to transform you into a Perl programmer. Bill Camarda, from the September 2005 Read Only

Booknews
A hands-on tutorial featuring exercises and complete solutions, covering basics rather than advanced issues. Contents include Perl basics, the language's broad capabilities, brief code examples, system commands, and how to manage DBM databases using Perl. This second edition contains a new chapter on CGI programming. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780596551926
Publisher:
O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/18/2001
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Schwartz owns & operates Stonehenge Consulting Services

Phoenix has been working in the field of education since 1982. He started teaching Perl classes for Stonehenge Consulting Services in 1996.

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