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Gregory V. WilsonNetwork Programming with Perl is clear, accurate, well organized, and comprehensive without being exhausting. After a five-chapter introduction to basic concepts, such as Perl I/O and the TCP protocol, Stein explains how to develop clients for common services such as FTP, Telnet, SMTP, POP, and so on. The third part of the book then looks at TCP-based client/server systems, with chapters on forking servers, multithreading, multiplexing, and nonblocking I/O. The last part covers advanced topics, including urgent data, UDP, broadcasting, and multicasting.
Every chapter has lots of short examples, many of which would be good starting points for real applications. What's even better, Stein takes the time to explain why things ought to be done certain ways, and which problems can be avoided by using which techniques.
— Electronic Review of Computer Books