Beginning Perl

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Apress, Aug 31, 2004 - Computers - 429 pages

Originally created as a powerful text processing tool, Perl has since evolved into a multi-purpose, multi-platform language capable of implementing a variety of tasks such as system administration, CGI and network programming, XML processing, and more. Beginning Perl, Second Edition provides valuable insight into Perl's role in all of these tasks and more.

Commencing with a comprehensive overview of language basics, you'll learn all about important concepts such as Perl's data types and control flow constructs. This material sets the stage for a discussion of more complex topics, such as writing custom functions, using regular expressions, and file input and output. Next, we move on to the advanced topics of object oriented programming, modules, CGI programming, and database administration with Perl's powerful database interface module, DBI. The examples and code provided offer you all of the information you need to start writing your own powerful scripts to solve the problems listed above, and many more.

Whether you are a complete novice or an experienced programmer, Beginning Perl, Second Edition offers an ideal guide to learning Perl.

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User Review  - ssandefur - LibraryThing

This is a good book to get started with the PERL language. a solid 4 out of 5. Clear explanations. Good Examples. Indexing is a little weak. Not to wordy. Would not recommend PERL for an Absolute Beginning Programmer. Read full review

Contents

About the Author
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Acknowledgments XWii Introduction
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First Steps in Perl 1
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Copyright

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James Lee is a hacker and open-source advocate based in Illinois. He holds a master's degree from Northwestern University, and he can often be seen rooting for the Wildcats during football season. As founder of Onsight, Lee has worked as a programmer, trainer, manager, writer, and open-source advocate. Lee coauthored Hacking Linux Exposed, Second Edition, as well as Open Source Web Development with LAMP. He enjoys hacking Perl and has written many articles on Perl for Linux Journal. Lee also enjoys developing software for the Web, reading, traveling and, most of all, playing with his kids, who are too young to know why dad's favorite animals are penguins and camels.

Simon Cozens is an Open Source programmer and author. He has released over a hundred Perl modules including Email: : Simple, Mail: : Audit, Maypole, Plucene, and B: : Generate. He's the co-author of Beginning Perl (Wrox) and Extending and Embedding Perl (Manning) and was the managing editor of Perl.com from 2001 to 2004. A graduate in Japanese from Oxford University, he now lives in Wales and enjoys Japanese and Greek food, bizarre music and fine typography.

Peter Wainwright is a developer and software engineer specializing in Perl, Apache, and other open-source projects. He got his first taste of programming on a BBC Micro and
gained most of his early programming experience writing applications in C on Solaris. He then discovered Linux, shortly followed by Perl and Apache, and has been happily programming there ever since.

When he is not engaged in development or writing books, Wainwright spends much of his free time maintaining the Space Future
website at www.spacefuture.com. He is an active proponent
of commercial passenger space travel and cofounded Space Future Consulting,
an international space tourism consultancy firm.

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