Perl Cookbook

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O'Reilly, 1998 - Computers - 757 pages
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ThePerl Cookbookis a comprehensive collection of problems, solutions, and practical examples for anyone programming in Perl. Topics range from beginner questions to techniques that even the most experienced of Perl programmers will learn from. More than just a collection of tips and tricks, thePerl Cookbookis the long-awaited companion volume to Programming Perl, filled with previously unpublished Perl arcana.

ThePerl Cookbookcontains thousands upon thousands of examples ranging from brief one-liners to complete applications. Covered topic areas spread across nearly four hundred separate "recipes," including:

  • Manipulation of strings, numbers, dates, arrays, and hashes
  • Reading, writing, and updating text and binary files
  • Pattern matching and text substitutions
  • Subroutines, libraries, and modules
  • References, data structures, objects, and classes
  • Signals and exceptions
  • Accessing text, hashes, and SQL databases
  • Screen addressing, menus, and graphical applications
  • Managing other processes
  • Writing secure scripts
  • Client-server programming
  • Internet applications programming with mail, news, ftp, and telnet

These recipes were rigorously reviewed by scores of the best minds inside and outside Perl, foremost of which was Larry Wall, the creator of Perl himself.

ThePerl Cookbookis written by Tom Christiansen, Perl evangelist and coauthor of the bestsellingProgramming PerlandLearning Perl; and Nathan Torkington, Perl trainer and co-maintainer of the Perl Frequently Asked Questions list.

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User Review  - abirdman - LibraryThing

If you want to do something useful with Perl, start with this book. Full of useful examples and code samples, it will often offer several possible solutions. Copious amounts of working code. Read full review

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Perl is probably the language holding together more web sites than any other. It is not the fastest or the most elegant, but it can slurp text as no other language can--and it is free. This is an ... Read full review

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Strings
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Numbers
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Dates and Times
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About the author (1998)

Tom Christiansen is a freelance consultant specializing in Perl training and writing. After working for several years for TSR Hobbies (of Dungeons and Dragons fame), he set off for college where he spent a year in Spain and five in America, dabbling in music, linguistics, programming, and some half-dozen different spoken languages. Tom finally escaped UW-Madison with B.A.s in Spanish and computer science and an M.S. in computer science. He then spent five years at Convex as a jack-of-all-trades working on everything from system administration to utility and kernel development, with customer support and training thrown in for good measure. Tom also served two terms on the USENIX Association Board of directors. With over fifteen years' experience in UNIX system administration and programming, Tom presents seminars internationally. Living in the foothills above Boulder, Colorado, surrounded by mule deer, skunks, and the occasional mountain lion and black bear, Tom takes summers off for hiking, hacking, birding, music making, and gaming.

Nathan Torkington is a banjo player, father, and husband. His crimes in the computing community include: coauthor of the Perl Cookbook, editor for O'Reilly and Associates, content coordinator for the Open Source Convention and Perl Conference, and project manager for perl6.

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