Learning Perl

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"O'Reilly Media, Inc.", 2005 - Computers - 283 pages

Learning Perl, better known as "the Llama book", starts the programmer on the way to mastery. Written by three prominent members of the Perl community who each have several years of experience teaching Perl around the world, this edition has been updated to account for all the recent changes to the language up to Perl 5.8.

Perl is the language for people who want to get work done. It started as a tool for Unix system administrators who needed something powerful for small tasks. Since then, Perl has blossomed into a full-featured programming language used for web programming, database manipulation, XML processing, and system administration--on practically all platforms--while remaining the favorite tool for the small daily tasks it was designed for. You might start using Perl because you need it, but you'll continue to use it because you love it.

Informed by their years of success at teaching Perl as consultants, the authors have re-engineered the Llama to better match the pace and scope appropriate for readers getting started with Perl, while retaining the detailed discussion, thorough examples, and eclectic wit for which the Llama is famous.

The book includes new exercises and solutions so you can practice what you've learned while it's still fresh in your mind. Here are just some of the topics covered:

  • Perl variable types
  • subroutines
  • file operations
  • regular expressions
  • text processing
  • strings and sorting
  • process management
  • using third party modules

If you ask Perl programmers today what book they relied on most when they were learning Perl, you'll find that an overwhelming majority will point to the Llama. With good reason. Other books may teach you to program in Perl, but this book will turn you into a Perl programmer.

 

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This book was required for class for Library School. Compared to other Perl books I looked at through the semester, this book is long, confusing and drawn out. Some areas could and have been explained ... Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
1
Scalar Data
18
Lists and Arrays
38
Subroutines
54
Input and Output
68
Hashes
88
In the World of Regular Expressions
100
Matching with Regular Expressions
107
FileTests
154
Directory Operations
164
Strings and Sorting
181
Process Management
193
Perl Modules
208
Some Advanced Perl Techniques
217
Table of Contents VII
255
Index
275

Processing Text with Regular Expressions
121
More Control Structures
135

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About the author (2005)

Randal Schwartz is one of the bestselling authors of all time, having been fortunate enough to coauthor two of the seminal books on learning Perl. In addition to writing Programming Perl and Learning Perl, Randal has been the Perl columnist for UNIX Review, Web Techniques, Sys Admin, and Linux Magazine.

Tom Phoenix has been working in the field of education since 1982. After more than thirteen years of dissections, explosions, work with interesting animals, and high-voltage sparks during his work at a science museum, he started teaching Perl classes for Stonehenge Consulting Services, where he's worked since 1996. Since then, he has traveled to many interesting locations, so you might see him soon at a Perl Mongers' meeting. When he has time, he answers questions on Usenet's comp.lang.perl.misc and comp.lang.perl.moderated newsgroups, and contributes to the development and usefulness of Perl. Besides his work with Perl, Perl hackers, and related topics, Tom spends his time on amateur cryptography and speaking Esperanto. His home is in Portland, Oregon.

brian d foy has been an instructor for Stonehenge Consulting Services since 1998. He founded the first Perl user group, the New York Perl Mongers, as well as the Perl advocacy nonprofit Perl Mongers, Inc., which helped form more than 200 Perl user groups across the globe. He maintains the perlfaq portions of the core Perl documentation, several modules on CPAN, and some stand-alone scripts. He's the publisher of The Perl Review and is a frequent speaker at conferences. His writings on Perl appear on The O'Reilly Network and use.perl.org, and in The Perl Journal, Dr. Dobbs Journal, and The Perl Review.

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