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Perl cookbook (original 1998; edition 1998)

by Tom Christiansen

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Title:Perl cookbook
Authors:Tom Christiansen
Info:Sebastopol, CA: O'Reilly, c1998. xxxiv, 757 p. ; 24 cm. 1st ed
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Perl Cookbook by Tom Christiansen (1998)



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Like any cookbook, culinary or computery, the Perl Cookbook is best enjoyed as a reference. While reading it from cover to cover will result in a deeper understanding of Perl problem solving, this book belongs on a shelf, watching over you while you work, until you hit a wall (the same wall you banged your head against until you started using Perl). Then, you just flip to the appropriate recipe, ordered by type, and with that, most of your problems are solved.

Christiansen and Torkington have put together a fabulous collection of recipes, some being the everyday practices of an avid Perl programmer, while some are more esoteric, coming along only when you need to consider bytes instead of lines in a file, or need to write an RSS reader/feeder. You know, things that don’t normally come up to most people.

I was impressed by the breadth of this book, and the coverage of its topics was well satisfying. It’s no wonder I look for the “O’Reilly book” first when picking up a new computer text.

Well worth the time of any Perl programming looking for some inspiration. ( )
  aethercowboy | Aug 28, 2010 |
Anyone who is even slightly familiar with Perl presumably knows about the Camel Book (Programming Perl), but this indispensable companion is somewhat less well-known. That's a shame, because I find myself reaching for this more frequently than for the Camel; once you know the basics of the language, the Cookbook is a wonderful time-saver when you need a particular trick or technique. More than once I've spent an hour or so working out the details of a finicky regexp (a completely generic number-recognition expression, allowing for scientific notation and the like, is the first example to come to mind) only to find them helpfully supplied as examples in the Cookbook. Very highly recommended. ( )
1 vote lorax | Sep 5, 2007 |
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. ( )
  abirdman | Jul 4, 2007 |
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Approaching a programming problem can be like balancing Columbus' egg. If no one shows you how, you may sit for ever perplexed, watching the egg -and your program- fall over again and again, no closer to the Indies than when you began. This is especially true in a language as idiomatic as Perl.
People and parts of computer programs interact in all sorts of ways. Single scalar values are like hermits, living a solitary existence whose only meaning comes from within the individual. Arrays are like cults, where multitudes marshal themselves under the name of a charismatic leader. In the middle lies the comfortable, intimate ground of the one-to-one relationship that is the hash... Unfortunately this isn't a relationship of equals. (pp. 150)
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When the second edition of Programming Perl was released, the authors omitted two chapters: "Common Tasks with Perl" and "Real Perl Programs." Publisher O'Reilly & Associates soon realized that there would be too many pages in Programming Perl if it put updated recipes in the new edition. Instead, O'Reilly chose to release the many Perl code examples as a separate entity: The Perl Cookbook.

The recipes are well documented and the examples aren't too arcane; even beginners will be able to pick up the lessons taught here. The authors write in relatively easy-to-understand language (for a technical guide). Through this book and its arsenal of recipes, you will learn many new things about Perl to help you through your toughest projects. The next time you're working on a project at 2 a.m., you'll thank yourself for the guidance and direction The Perl Cookbook provides. --Doug Beaver

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