Mastering Perl

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This is the third in O'Reilly's series of landmark Perl tutorials, which started with Learning Perl, the bestselling introduction that taught you the basics of Perl syntax, and Intermediate Perl, which taught you how to create re-usable Perl software. Mastering Perl pulls everything together to show you how to bend Perl to your will. It convey's Perl's special models and programming idioms.

This book isn't a collection of clever tricks, but a way of thinking about Perl ...

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Overview

This is the third in O'Reilly's series of landmark Perl tutorials, which started with Learning Perl, the bestselling introduction that taught you the basics of Perl syntax, and Intermediate Perl, which taught you how to create re-usable Perl software. Mastering Perl pulls everything together to show you how to bend Perl to your will. It convey's Perl's special models and programming idioms.

This book isn't a collection of clever tricks, but a way of thinking about Perl programming so you can integrate the real-life problems of debugging, maintenance, configuration, and other tasks you encounter as a working programmer.

The book explains how to:

  • Use advanced regular expressions, including global matches, lookarounds, readable regexes, and regex debugging
  • Avoid common programing problems with secure programming techniques
  • Profile and benchmark Perl to find out where to focus your improvements
  • Wrangle Perl code to make it more presentable and readable
  • See how Perl keeps track of package variables and how you can use that for some powerful tricks
  • Define subroutines on the fly and turn the tables on normal procedural programming.
  • Modify and jury rig modules to fix code without editing the original source
  • Let your users configure your programs without touching the code
  • Learn how you can detect errors Perl doesn't report, and how to tell users about them
  • Let your Perl program talk back to you by using Log4perl
  • Store data for later use in another program, a later run of the same program, or to send them over a network
  • Write programs as modules to get the benefit of Perl's distribution and testing tools
Appendices include "brian's Guide to Solving Any Perl Problem" to improve your troubleshooting skills, as well as suggested reading to continue your Perl education. Mastering Perl starts you on your path to becoming the person with the answers, and, failing that, the person who knows how to find the answers or discover the problem.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596527242
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/15/2007
  • Series: Mastering Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 346
  • Product dimensions: 7.03 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

brian d foy is a prolific Perl trainer and writer, and runs The Perl Review to help people use and understand Perl through educational, consulting, code review, and more. He's a frequent speaker at Perl conferences. He's the co-author of Learning Perl and Intermediate Perl and the author of Mastering Perl. He was been an instructor and author for Stonehenge Consulting Services from 1998 to 2009, a Perl user since he was a physics graduate student, and a die-hard Mac user since he first owned a computer. He founded the first Perl user group, the New York Perl Mongers, as well as the Perl advocacy nonprofit Perl Mongers, Inc., which helped form more than 200 Perl user groups across the globe. He maintains the perlfaq portions of the core Perl documentation, several modules on CPAN, and some stand-alone scripts.

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Table of Contents

Foreword

Preface

Chapter 1: Introduction: Becoming a Master

Chapter 2: Advanced Regular Expressions

Chapter 3: Secure Programming Techniques

Chapter 4: Debugging Perl

Chapter 5: Profiling Perl

Chapter 6: Benchmarking Perl

Chapter 7: Cleaning Up Perl

Chapter 8: Symbol Tables and Typeglobs

Chapter 9: Dynamic Subroutines

Chapter 10: Modifying and Jury-Rigging Modules

Chapter 11: Configuring Perl Programs

Chapter 12: Detecting and Reporting Errors

Chapter 13: Logging

Chapter 14: Data Persistence

Chapter 15: Working with Pod

Chapter 16: Working with Bits

Chapter 17: The Magic of Tied Variables

Chapter 18: Modules As Programs

Further Reading

brian’s Guide to Solving Any Perl Problem

Colophon

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