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Learning Perl [6th edition]

by Randal L. Schwartz, Brian D. Foy, Tom Phoenix

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If you're just getting started with Perl, this is the book you want--whether you're a programmer, system administrator, or web hacker. Nicknamed "the Llama" by two generations of users, this bestseller closely follows the popular introductory Perl course taught by the authors since 1991. This 6th edition covers recent changes to the language up to version 5.14. Perl is suitable for almost any task on almost any platform, from short fixes to complete web applications. Learning Perl teaches you the basics and shows you how to write programs up to 128 lines long--roughly the size of 90% of the Perl programs in use today. Each chapter includes exercises to help you practice what you've just learned. Other books may teach you to program in Perl, but this book will turn you into a Perl programmer. Topics include: Perl data and variable types Subroutines File operations Regular expressions String manipulation (including Unicode) Lists and sorting Process management Smart matching Use of third party modules… (more)
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Gentle and entertaining introduction to basic Perl programming. It's probably not the most efficient way to learn the language for an experienced programmer since it gets a bit chatty and drawn out at times and does not get into advanced features. Nonetheless, it was worth the time to read. ( )
  josh314 | Mar 5, 2014 |
Technical manual. Useful starter for the Perl progamming language. ( )
  questbird | Oct 7, 2013 |
My edition is a little old now, but this is absolutely the best book on Perl if you want to learn this powerful, complex language. Just be sure to get the newest edition available. ( )
  RicDay | Jan 26, 2009 |
Perl is an open source CGI scripting and web programming language. Perl is one of the most popular web programming languages because of its powerful text-manipulation capabilities. A huge number of Perl scripts are freely available on the web for download.

This textbook was written to be a gentle introduction to Perl. It is not a comprehensive guide to Perl. It is a companion volume to Programming Perl, Second Edition by Larry Wall, Randal L. Schwartz, and Tom Christiansen.

Advanced topics at the end of the book cover CGI programming, library modules, references, and object-oriented programming.

Perl will run on practically any computer platform including MS-DOS, VMS, OS/2, Macintosh, all flavors of Windows, UNIX, and Linux,

The exercises in the book can be downloaded from http://www.oreilly.com or by FTP.

You can visit the Perl home page at http://www.perl.com/perl/. ( )
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Schwartz, Randal L.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Foy, Brian D.main authorall editionsconfirmed
Phoenix, Tommain authorall editionsconfirmed
Christiansen, Tommain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wall, LarryForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Welcome to the Llama book!
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So, if you get writer's block, just let the cat walk across the keyboard, and debug the result.
If only we could reset history and not make so many mistakes next time.
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NOT in the nutshell series.
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If you're just getting started with Perl, this is the book you want--whether you're a programmer, system administrator, or web hacker. Nicknamed "the Llama" by two generations of users, this bestseller closely follows the popular introductory Perl course taught by the authors since 1991. This 6th edition covers recent changes to the language up to version 5.14. Perl is suitable for almost any task on almost any platform, from short fixes to complete web applications. Learning Perl teaches you the basics and shows you how to write programs up to 128 lines long--roughly the size of 90% of the Perl programs in use today. Each chapter includes exercises to help you practice what you've just learned. Other books may teach you to program in Perl, but this book will turn you into a Perl programmer. Topics include: Perl data and variable types Subroutines File operations Regular expressions String manipulation (including Unicode) Lists and sorting Process management Smart matching Use of third party modules

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