Paul Hoffman has written and contributed to numerous Internet standards. He’s a 20-year Internet veteran and the author of more than a dozen computer books.
Perl For Dummiesby Paul Hoffman
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In the days before personal computers, BASIC was the easy programming language to learn, and serious programmers learned FORTRAN or COBOL to do “real work.” Today, many people have discovered that Perl is both a great beginning programming language and one that enables them to write powerful programs with little effort.
If you’re interested in discovering how to program (or how others program), Perl For Dummies, 4th Edition, is for you. If you already know something about programming (but not about Perl), this book is also for you. If you’re already an expert programmer, you’re still welcome to read this book; you can just skip the basic stuff (you never know what kind of new tips and tricks you’ll pick up).
This reference guide shows you how to use Perl under many different operating systems, such as UNIX, many flavors of Windows (Windows 95/98, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows Me, and Windows XP), and Macintosh OS 9 and OS X; in fact, Perl runs on many more operating systems than these.
Here's a sampling of what Perl For Dummies, 4th Edition, has to offer:
- Installing Perl on various platforms
- Nailing down the basics of building Perl programs
- Working with text and numbers
- Constructing lists and working with them
- Creating conditionals and loops
- Delving into more advanced features such as operators and functions
- Reading and writing files and directories
- Using subroutines for modularity
- Demystifying Web server programs
- Creating your own Internet clients
The Perl programming language enables you to write fully working computer programs with just a few steps. It’s particularly good at common programming tasks, such as reading and writing text files, but it also excels at reducing the work that programmers have to do. Perl For Dummies, 4th Edition, shows you how to do all of that and how to modify programs to your heart’s content. After all, one of the common phrases in the world of Perl programmers is, “There's more than one way to do it.”
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When I started, I knew nothing about Perl. After reading this book, I had a basic understanding of the guts of Perl. I recommend this book to all beginners that have an interest in learnig an easy programming language.
I never had a perl book before. I Always just tried to learn from webpages. But they never realy explained everything. I do have alot of 'For Dummies' books, so i decided to buy this book. It explained everything I wanted to know, alot more, and even comes with examples on a CD-Rom. I have made alot of programs useing perl thanks to this book. I recommend this book to Beginers.
I own 3 books on PERL, and hav read many more. I tried other books first, but just couldn't totally grasp everything the way I wanted to. I bought Perl for Dummies a couple years ago, and it's been a terrific investment, and THE best book to introduce perl. You probably won't even need another book on it period, unless you really delve deep into the language....and I rarely used the other books I got anyway. I'll put it this way...because of this book, and the love of programming and the desire to learn Perl, I have created cgi applications that have made me serious money. The possibilities are endless. I have nothing to gain by recommending this, only to give back, in some way.
I'm 14 years old and live in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The only programming experience I ever had was HTML and QBasic. Had no knowledge about Perl, until I decided to buy this book, and I have to say it's been the best choice I've ever made. It's written in perfect understandable non-technical language and is very easy to follow. If you want to learn Perl, this is the book! You won't regret it!