Network Programming with Perl

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Addison-Wesley, 2001 - Computers - 754 pages

""This is a superb book. Another splendid book from Lincoln, whose mastery and lucid exposition make this a must-have for the serious Perl programmer.""
--Jon Orwant, Chief Technology Officer, O'Reilly & Associates
Founder of "The Perl Journal, " author of "Mastering Algorithms with Perl, " (O'Reilly & Associates)
and co-author of "Programming Perl, Third Edition" (O'Reilly & Associates)"Network Programming with Perl" is a comprehensive, example-rich guide to creating network-based applications using the Perl programming language. Among its many capabilities, modern Perl provides a straightforward and powerful interface to TCP/IP, and this book shows you how to leverage these capabilities to create robust, maintainable, and efficient custom client/server applications. The book quickly moves beyond the basics to focus on high-level, application programming concepts, tools, and techniques. Readers will find a review of basic networking concepts and Perl fundamentals, including Perl's I/O functions, process model, and object-oriented extensions. In addition, the book examines a collection of the best third-party modules in the Comprehensive Perl Archive Network, including existing network protocols for e-mail, news, and the Web. The core of the book focuses on methods and alternatives for designing TCP-based client/server systems and more advanced techniques for specialized applications. Specific topics covered include:

  • The Berkeley Sockets API
  • The TCP protocol and the IO:: Socket API
  • FTP filesharing service
  • The Net:: Telnet module for adapting clients to interactive network services
  • SMTP, including how to create and send e-mails with multimedia attachments
  • POP, IMAP, and NNTP for receiving and processing e-mail
  • HTTP and the LWP module for communicating with Web servers
  • Forking servers and the UNIX and Windows "inetd" daemons
  • Perl's experimental multithreaded API
  • Multiplexed operations and nonblocking I/O
  • Bulletproofing servers
  • TCP urgent data
  • UDP protocol and servers
  • Broadcasting and multicasting
  • Interprocess communication with UNIX-domain sockets
Useful, working programs demonstrate ideas and techniques in action, including a real-time chat and messaging system, a program for processing e-mail containing MIME attachments, a program for mirroring an FTP site, and a Web robot. "Network Programming with Perl" focuses on TCP/IP rather than just the common Web protocols. Modeled after the critically acclaimed "TCP/IP Illustrated" by W. Richard Stevens, this book achieves a level of detail far superior to most. It is an essential resource for network administrators and Perl programmers who are creating network applications.

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InputOutput Basics
Processes Pipes and Signals
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About the author (2001)

Lincoln Stein has an M.D. and is a scientist at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. When the Web first emerged, he created and maintained one of the earliest Internet sites for distribution of Human Genome Project data and has since become an acknowledged expert in Web, network, and Perl programming. Known for his exceptional ability to synthesize and present complex information, he writes for The Perl Journal and Web Techniques magazines and is the author of four other books.


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