Web, Graphics & Perl/Tk Programming: Best of the Perl Journal

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Jon Orwant
"O'Reilly Media, Inc.", 2003 - Computers - 432 pages
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In its first five years of existence, The Perl Journal (TPJ) became the voice of the Perl community. Every serious Perl programmer subscribed to it, and every notable Perl guru jumped at the opportunity to write for it. TPJ explained critical Perl topics and demonstrated Perl's utility for fields as diverse as astronomy, biology, economics, AI, and games. Back issues were hoarded, or swapped like trading cards. No longer in print format, The Perl Journal remains a proud and timeless achievement of Perl during one of its most exciting periods of development.

Web, Graphics & Perl/Tk is the second volume of The Best of the Perl Journal, compiled and re-edited by the original editor and publisher of The Perl Journal, Jon Orwant. In this series, we've taken the very best (and still relevant) articles published in TPJ over its five years of publication and immortalized them into three volumes.

The forty articles included in this volume are simply some of the best Perl articles ever written on the subjects of graphics, the Web, and Perl/Tk, by some of the best Perl authors and coders.

Much of Perl's success is due to its capabilities for developing web sites; the Web section covers popular topics such as CGI programs, mod_perl, spidering, HTML parsing, security, and content management. The Graphics section is a grab bag of techniques, ranging from simple graph generation to ray tracing and real-time video digitizing. The Perl/Tk section shows you how to use the popular Perl/Tk toolkit for developing graphical applications that work on both Unix/Linux and Windows without a single change.

Written by twenty-three of the most prominent and prolific members of the closely-knit Perl community, including Lincoln Stein, Mark-Jason Dominus, Alligator Descartes, and Dan Brian, this anthology does what no other book can, giving unique insight into the real-life applications and powerful techniques made possible by Perl.


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Part I
CGI Programming
Saving CGI State
Creating mod_perl Applications
Wireless Surfing with WAP and WML
Part II
Web Plots with Gnuplot
GD and LSystems
Ray Tracing
Perl and the Gimp

Proxying with mod_perl
Authentication with mod_perl
Navigation Bars with mod_perl
Scripting the Web with LWP
Downloading Web Pages
Downloading Web Pages Through a Proxy Server
Scanning HTML
A Web Spider in One Line
TortureTesting Web Servers and CGI Scripts
Securing Your CGI Scripts
Building Web Sites with Mason
Surreal HTML
Web Page Tastefulness
Gnome Panel Applets
Capturing Video in Real Time
Part III
A PerlTk Roadmap
Getting Started with PerlTk
A 15Minute PerlTk Application
The Mouse Odometer
The Pack and Grid Geometry Managers
Drawing on a Canvas
Displaying Databases with the Tree Widget
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Jon Orwant founded The Perl Journal and received the White Camel lifetime achievement award for contributions to Perl in 2004. He's Engineering Manager at Google, where he leads Patent Search, visualizations, and digital humanities teams. For most of his tenure at Google, Jon worked on Book Search, and he developed the widely used Google Books Ngram Viewer. Prior to Google, he was CTO of O'Reilly, Director of Research at France Telecom, and a Lecturer at MIT. Orwant received his doctorate from MIT's Electronic Publishing Group in 1999.

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