Learning Perl

Learning Perl

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Learning Perl by Randal L. Schwartz

Learning Perl, popularly known as "the Ilama book" is what most programmers use to get started with Perl. This bestselling Perl tutorial, first published in 1993 and now in its fifth edition, covers recent changes to the language up to and including Perl 5.10.

This book reflects the combined experience of its authors who have taught Perl at Stonehenge Consulting since 1991. Years of classroom testing and experience helped shape the book's pace and scope, and the exercises at the end of each chapter let you practice the concepts while you follow along with the text. Topics in this fifth edition include: Perl data and variable types, Subroutines, File operations, Regular expressions, String manipulation, Lists and sorting, Process management, Smart matching, Third-party modules.

Perl is the language for people who want to get work done. Originally targeted to sysadmins for heavy-duty text processing, Perl is now a full-featured programming language suitable for almost any task on almost any platform-from short fixes on the command line to web applications, bioinformatics, finance, and much more. Other books may teach you to program in Perl, but Learning Perl will turn you into a Perl programmer.

About the Author:
Randal Schwartz started Stonehenge Consulting Services in 1985 and built it into the premier Perl training shop. He's written numerous books and magazine columns on Perl over the past two decades

About the Author:
Tom Phoenix is a Perl trainer at Stonehenge Consulting and a frequent contributor to the Perl beginner's list

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781565920422
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/08/1993
Series: Nutshell Handbooks Series
Edition description: 1st ed
Pages: 274
Product dimensions: 6.03(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.61(d)

About the Author

Randal Schwartz coauthored the "must-have" standards: Programming Perl, Learning Perl, Learning Perl for Win32 Systems, and Effective Perl Programming, and writes regular columns for WebTechniques, PerformanceComputing, SysAdmin, and Linux magazines. He's a frequent contributor to the Perl newsgroups, and has moderated comp.lang.perl.announce since its inception. Randal's desire to give back to the Perl community inspired him to help create and provide initial funding for The Perl Institute. He is a founding board member of the Perl Mongers (perl.org), the worldwide Perl grassroots advocacy organization. Since 1985, Randal has owned and operated Stonehenge Consulting Services, Inc.

Tom Phoenix has worked in the field of education since 1982 and has taught Perl classes for Stonehenge Consulting Services since 1996. He answers many of the questions on the comp.lang.perl.* newsgroups and contributes to the development and usefulness of Perl.

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Learning Perl 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Runey676 More than 1 year ago
This is the best book for learning Perl, in my opinion. This might not be the best book those who haven't ever programed before though because it focuses more on the syntax of the simple things (like if, while, for, etc.) and expects you know how they work. What I liked about this book was all the footnotes. Yes, I know that sounds weird, but there are a lot of footnotes, all with interesting information, like why Larry named things the names he did. Overall, this books keeps you interested, and isn't a long boring read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you want to spend some time learning Perl, this fourth edition of the book is for you. Authors Randal Schwartz, Tom Phoenix and brian foy, have done an outstanding job of providing you with a book that helps you understand why the Perl programming language is the workhorse of the Internet as well as, the language of choice for system administrators, web hackers, and casual programmers around the world. Schwartz, Phoenix and foy begin by asking you a number of questions: What does Perl stand for? How can you get Perl? How do you make a Perl program? And, so forth. Next, the authors cover scalar data, with respect to numbers and strings. Then, they examine lists (an ordered collection of scalars) and arrays ( a variable that contains a list). The authors continue by showing you how Perl can make subrountines, which are user-defined functions. In addition, the authors next introduce you to the workings of standard input, output and error streams. They also show you a feature that makes Perl one of the world's great programming languages--hashes. Next, the authors take you on a trip to visit the world of regular expressions, where you can forget about the world of Perl. Then, they show you where this world fits into Perl's world. The authors continue by showing you how to use patterns to locate the parts of strings that you want to change. Then, you'll see some alternative ways to write Perl code. In addition, the authors present a complete set of tests that are used by Perl to help you find information about files. They also show you how Perl lets you manipulate operations directories directly, in ways that are even fairly portable from one operating system to another. Next, the authors show you a simpler way of working with strings and sorting. Then, they present the inner workings of process management. The authors continue by showing you how to use modules that already exist. Finally, they examine some advanced Perl techniques. With the preceding in mind, the authors have done an excellent job of giving you a real whirlwind tour of Perl. So, at the end of the day, you'll know whether this is the right Perl book for you!
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Michael Hall More than 1 year ago
Code examples run off the edge of the screen so you cannot read them. Read it in another form because it is worth reading. It is a good intro to Perl from the ground up.
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TEST NOOKUSER More than 1 year ago
constant width text does not reflow properly. this makes the majority of the comments in code examples partially unreadable where they run off the page. content of the book is otherwise great.
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Random_Geek More than 1 year ago
This book is an excellent intro to Perl. It will also serve as a reference later on. Highly recommended purchase if you have any interest in Perl
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book for any beginner to Perl. I'd had no previous experience, and I've found the exercises to be easy and educational. The authors have good senses of humor and the writing style is excellent. Overall, 'Learning Perl' is a must-have for all beginning Perl students.
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recommended