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Effective Perl Programming: Ways to Write Better, More Idiomatic Perl (Effective Software Development)


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The Classic Guide to Solving Real-World Problems with Perl—Now Fully Updated for Today’s Best Idioms!


For years, experienced programmers have relied on Effective Perl Programming to discover better ways to solve problems with Perl. Now, in this long-awaited second edition, three renowned Perl programmers bring together today’s best idioms, techniques, and examples: everything you need to write more powerful, fluent, expressive, and succinct code with Perl.


Nearly twice the size of the first edition, Effective Perl Programming, Second Edition, offers everything from rules of thumb to avoid common pitfalls to the latest wisdom for using Perl modules. You won’t just learn the right ways to use Perl: You’ll learn why these approaches work so well.


New coverage in this edition includes


  • Reorganized and expanded material spanning twelve years of Perl evolution
  • Eight new chapters on CPAN, databases, distributions, files and filehandles, production Perl, testing, Unicode, and warnings
  • Updates for Perl 5.12, the latest version of Perl
  • Systematically updated examples reflecting today’s best idioms


You’ll learn how to work with strings, numbers, lists, arrays, strictures, namespaces, regular expressions, subroutines, references, distributions, inline code, warnings, Perl::Tidy, data munging, Perl one-liners, and a whole lot more. Every technique is organized in the same Items format that helped make the first edition so convenient and popular.

Book News Annotation:

This guide for readers with some experience using Perl provides advice on how to use CPAN, how to solve Perl problems, and how to understand Perl style. After introductory chapters on basics of Perl and idiomatic Perl, chapter topics include regular expressions, subroutines, and references. Reflecting 12 years of Perl evolution, this second edition features eight new chapters on CPAN, databases, distributions, files and filehandles, production Perl, testing, Unicode, and warnings, with updated examples of Perl 5.12, the latest version. Hall is a programmer. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

About the Author

Joseph N. Hall has programmed for a living since 1984, taught his first computer class at age fourteen, and has worked with Perl since 1993. Joshua A. McAdams, a programmer at Google, is the voice of Perlcast. He has hosted two Perl conferences, conducts meetings for Chicago Perl Mongers, has spoken about Perl at events worldwide, and is a CPAN author. brian d foy is coauthor of Learning Perl, Fifth Edition (O’Reilly Media, 2008), and Intermediate Perl (O’Reilly Media, 2006), and author of Mastering Perl (O’Reilly Media, 2007). He established the first Perl user group, the New York Perl Mongers; publishes The Perl Review; maintains parts of the core Perl documentation; and has more than ten years of Perl training experience.

Table of Contents

1.Front Matter

2. Basics

3. Idiomatic Perl

4. Regular Expressions

5. Subroutines

6. Files and Filehandles

7. References

8. Debugging

9. Unicode

10. CPAN

11. Packages

12. Writing Packages

13. Distributions

14. Testing

15. Object-Oriented

16. Warnings

17. Databases

18. External Processes

19. Production Perl

20. Miscellany

Appendix A

Product Details

Hall, Joseph
Addison-Wesley Professional
McAdams, Joshua A
Foy, Brian D.
McAdams, Joshua
Hall, Joseph N.
Programming Languages - JavaScript
Perl (computer program language)
Programming Languages - CGI, Javascript, Perl, VBScript
Computer Languages-CGI
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Effective Software Development Series
Publication Date:
April 2010
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
9 x 7 x 0.727 in 685 gr

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