Perl Cookbook: Solutions & Examples for Perl Programmers

Perl Cookbook: Solutions & Examples for Perl Programmers

by Tom Christiansen, Nathan Torkington
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Perl Cookbook: Solutions & Examples for Perl Programmers by Tom Christiansen, Nathan Torkington

Find a Perl programmer, and you'll find a copy of Perl Cookbook nearby. Perl Cookbook is a comprehensive collection of problems, solutions, and practical examples for anyone programming in Perl. The book contains hundreds of rigorously reviewed Perl "recipes" and thousands of examples ranging from brief one-liners to complete applications.The second edition of Perl Cookbook has been fully updated for Perl 5.8, with extensive changes for Unicode support, I/O layers, mod_perl, and new technologies that have emerged since the previous edition of the book. Recipes have been updated to include the latest modules. New recipes have been added to every chapter of the book, and some chapters have almost doubled in size.Covered topic areas include:

  • Manipulating strings, numbers, dates, arrays, and hashes
  • Pattern matching and text substitutions
  • References, data structures, objects, and classes
  • Signals and exceptions
  • Screen addressing, menus, and graphical applications
  • Managing other processes
  • Writing secure scripts
  • Client-server programming
  • Internet applications programming with mail, news, ftp, and telnet
  • CGI and mod_perl programming
  • Web programming
Since its first release in 1998, Perl Cookbook has earned its place in the libraries of serious Perl users of all levels of expertise by providing practical answers, code examples, and mini-tutorials addressing the challenges that programmers face. Now the second edition of this bestselling book is ready to earn its place among the ranks of favorite Perl books as well.Whether you're a novice or veteran Perl programmer, you'll find Perl Cookbook, 2nd Edition to be one of the most useful books on Perl available. Its comfortable discussion style and accurate attention to detail cover just about any topic you'd want to know about. You can get by without having this book in your library, but once you've tried a few of the recipes, you won't want to.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780596554965
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/21/2003
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 968
Sales rank: 1,015,281
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Tom Christiansen is an author and lecturer who's been intimately involved with Perl development on a daily basis since Larry first released it to the general public in 1987. After working for several years for TSR Hobbies (of Dungeons and Dragons fame), he set off for college where he spent a year in Spain and five in America pursuing a classical education in computer science, mathematics, music, linguistics, and Romance philology. He eventually escaped UW-Madison without a Ph.D., but with a B.A. in Spanish and in computer science, plus an M.S. in computer science specializing in operating systems design and in computational linguistics.

Coauthor of Programming Perl, Learning Perl, and Learning Perl on Win32 Systems from O'Reilly and Associates, Tom is also the major caretaker of Perl's free online documentation, developer of the Web site, coauthor of the Perl Frequently Asked Questions list, president of The Perl Journal, and frequent technical reviewer for O'Reilly and Associates. Tom served two terms on the USENIX Association Board of Directors.

Tom lives high in idyllic Boulder, Colorado, where he gives public seminars on all aspects of Perl programming. When he can be coaxed out of the People's Republic of Boulder, Tom travels around the world giving public and private lectures and workshops on UNIX, Perl, and the Web on five continents and in three languages. He takes the summers off to pursue his hobbies of reading, backpacking, gardening, birding, gaming, music making, and recreational programming.

Nathan Torkington has never climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. He adamantly maintains that he wasnowhere near the grassy knoll. He has never mustered superhuman strength to lift a burning trolley car to free a trapped child, and is yet to taste human flesh. Nat has never served as a mercenary in the Congo, line-danced, run away to join the circus, spent a year with the pygmies, finished the Death By Chocolate, or been miraculously saved when his cigarillo case stopped the bullet.

Nat is not American, though he is learning the language. He is from Ti Point, New Zealand. People from Ti Point don't do these things. They grow up on fishing boats and say things like "She'll be right, mate." Nat did. He went to high school at Mahurangi College, university at Victoria University of Wellington, and moved to America when he met his wife, Jenine. His hobbies are bluegrass music and Perl. When he's not being a system administrator and family man, Nat teaches Perl and writes and edits for The Perl Journal.

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BellyBoatBum More than 1 year ago
I just started a new job where perl is a main language and I needed something to boost my perl quickly. I use this book every day, many times each day. A lot more general than most of the other cookbooks I have used. It has really helped with my understanding of perl much more than the camel book. Maybe it is because I respond to concrete examples better.
Computer_Science_House More than 1 year ago
With twenty-two chapters spanning a variety of topics, the Perl Cookbook is enough to satiate any Perl programmer. Although not my top recommendation for a beginner, the book does an excellent job of teaching the basics for those who need it. For a more seasoned programmer this book does not disappoint; the topics covered in later chapters are sure to pique your interest. More importantly, however, it ensures that whatever your task may be, it is done with equal weight placed on both speed and practicality.

The book begins by discussing the various ways to manipulate strings, numbers, arrays and hashes. It conveys various examples of many common tasks that serve as a strong base for future Perl programs. The book then shifts attention to the all-powerful regular expressions, providing numerous commonly used (and often forgotten) examples, not to mention the all-encompassing Regular Expression Grab Bag, a three-page spread of expressions that often sit on the tip of your tongue. From here the book begins to pick up pace and diagram proper programming etiquette and design for subroutines, packages, libraries, modules, classes and objects.

My favorite part of the book comes near the end in the form of sockets and client/server communication. The book quickly gave me the answers I needed on how to establish a proper client and server as well as several options and explanations along the way. Instead of simply telling me what I needed to do, the book gave me several options and explained the pros and cons of each (a common theme I enjoyed throughout the book).

In short, this book allowed me to learn the ins and outs of Perl at my own pace, making this a wonderful cookbook for any Perl chef.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought I had a great idea for a CGI script, but when I opened the Perl Cookbook, I found bits of code from about four different recipes that described my previously innovative script idea exactly. So thanks a lot guys!! Seriously, I learn by solving problems and this book not only taught me how to program concisely and efficiently, but also gave me solutions to many real world problems. Thanks, guys!