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Learning Perl by Tom Christiansen, 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: 9781565922846
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/08/1997
Series: Nutshell Handbooks Series
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 7.03(w) x 9.18(h) x 0.79(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 (, 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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