Perl For Dummies (Google eBook)

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John Wiley & Sons, May 9, 2011 - Computers - 408 pages
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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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Contents

Title
Getting Started with Perl
Running Perl on Your Computer
Diving into the Guts of Perl
A Perl Program Tour Times
The Basic Perl Programming Ingredients
Nifty Numbers
Learning to Love Lists and Hashes
Stringing Along Pattern Matching and Regular
Looking Like a Pro Subroutines Imported Code
Advanced Perl Demystified
Perl Gets Cozy with the Web EMail and the Rest of
Using Perl as a Gateway to XML and Web Services
Dancing with Databases
Controlling Your Computer from Perl
ObjectOriented Perl

Creating Cool Conditionals and Lovely Loops
Doing Advanced Stuff with Operators and Functions
The Nuts and Bolts of Perl
Beyond File and Directory Basics
The Part of Tens
Ten Really Short Really Useful Perl Programs
Appendix

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2011)

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.

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