Programming Perl: 3rd Edition

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"O'Reilly Media, Inc.", 2000 - Computers - 1067 pages
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Perl is a free and powerful programming language that has grown explosively in popularity since its initial debut in 1987. The first edition of this book hit the shelves in 1991, and was quickly adopted as the undisputed bible of the language. " Programming Perl " is not just a book about Perl. It is also a unique introduction to the language and its culture, as you would expect only from. its authors. Larry Wall is the inventor of Perl and provides a unique perspective on the evolution of Perl and its future direction. Tom Christiansen was one of Perl's first champions and lives and breathes the intricacies of Perl as few other mortals do. Jon Orwant is the editor of " The Perl journal ", which has brought together the Perl community as a common forum for new developments in Perl. Any Perl book can show you the syntax of Perl's functions, but only this one is the definitive guidebook that includes all the nooks and crannies of the language. Any Perl book can list endless features, but only this one can tell you why those features were created and how to use them idiomatically. Any Perl book can have a title, but only this book is affectionately known by all Perl programmers as "The Camel." Ever since its origins as a high-level language for writing portable tools in cross-platform environments, Perl has been widely recognized as an industrial-strength power tool that gets the job done wherever you are. It is especially useful for system administration and web programming. Perl is bundled as a standard component for practically every flavor of Unix (including Linux), but it is also used extensively on Microsoft Windows and is available for virtually every other operating system you'll run across. Amiga, BeOS, VMS, MVS, and the Apple Macintosh are just a small subset of the platforms that Perl has been ported to. What's new in this edition ? Practically everything. This third edition of " Programming Perl " has not only been expanded to cover the new 5*6 release of Perl, it also has been completely reorganized and fortified with numerous examples. Most existing topics have been dramatically reworked from the ground up, like object-oriented programming and regular expressions, and many brand new chapters have been added, including those on profiling, pod, Unicode, threading, compiling, and Perl internals. Part bible, part encyclopedia, and part almanac, this is the essential book on Perl.
 

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User Review  - wweisser - LibraryThing

This book has more information in the first few chapters than most entire perl books. I am a big fan of the "logically break things down to every last detail" genre of programming manuals (see The C Programming Language, Programming in Lua) and this book is one of the great examples of it. Read full review

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User Review  - jrep - LibraryThing

Excellent reference work. It was better, back in the first edition, when the programming examples were co-bound, but it's really getting so huge (all the useful libraries) I can see why they don't do that any more. TMTOWDI! Read full review

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Contents

The Gory Details
45
Perl as Technology
399
Perl as Culture
545
Reference Material
651
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Larry Wall originally created Perl while a programmer at Unisys. He now works full time guiding the future development of the language as a researcher and developer at O'Reilly & Associates. Larry is known for his idiosyncratic and thought-provoking approach to programming, as well as for his groundbreaking contributions to the culture of free software programming. He is the principal author of the bestselling Programming Perl, known colloquially as "the Camel book."

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.

Jon Orwant, a well-known member of the Perl community, founded The Perl Journal and co-authored OReillys bestseller, Programming Perl, 3rd Edition.