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Learning Perl, 3rd Edition
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If you ask Perl programmers today what book they relied on most when they were learning Perl, you'll find that an overwhelming majority will name Learning Perl also known affectionately as "the Llama." The first edition of Learning Perl appeared in 1993 and has been a bestseller ever since. Written by two of the most prominent and active members of the Perl community, this book is the quintessential tutorial for the Perl programming language.
Perl began as a tool for Unix system administrators, used for countless small tasks throughout the workday. It has since blossomed into a full-featured programming language on practically every computing platform, and is used for web programming, database manipulation, XML processing, and (of course) system administration all this while still remaining the perfect tool for the small daily tasks it was designed for. Perl is quick, fun, and eminently useful. Many people start using Perl because they need it, but they continue to use Perl because they love it.
The third edition of Learning Perl has not only been updated for Perl 5.6, but has also been rewritten from the ground up to reflect the needs of programmers learning Perl today. Informed by their years of success at teaching Perl as consultants, the authors have re-engineered the book to better match the pace and scope appropriate for readers trying to get started with Perl, while retaining the detailed discussion, thorough examples, and eclectic wit for which the book is famous.
This edition of the Llama includes an expanded and more gently-paced introduction to regular expressions, new exercises and solutions designed so readers can practice what they've learned while it's still fresh in their minds, and an overall reworking to bring Learning Perl into the new millennium.
Perl is a language for getting your job done. Other books may teach you to program in Perl, but this book will turn you into a Perl programmer.
The third edition of Learning Perl has not only been updated for Perl 5.6, but has also been rewritten from the ground up to reflect the needs of programmers learning Perl today. This edition of the Llama includes an expanded and more gently paced introduction to regular expressions, new exercises, and solutions--designed so readers can practice what they've learned while it's still fresh in their minds--and an overall reworking to bring Learning Perl into the new millennium.
A tutorial for the Perl programming language. The third edition has not only been updated to Perl Version 5.6, but has also been rewritten to reflect the needs of programmers learning Perl.
About the Author
Tom Phoenix has been working in the field of education since 1982. After more than thirteen years of dissections, explosions, work with interesting animals, and high-voltage sparks during his work at a science museum, he started teaching Perl classes for Stonehenge Consulting Services, where he's worked since 1996. Since then, he has traveled to many interesting locations, so you might see him soon at a Perl Mongers' meeting. When he has time, he answers questions on Usenet's comp.lang.perl.misc and comp.lang.perl.moderated newsgroups, and contributes to the development and usefulness of Perl. Besides his work with Perl, Perl hackers, and related topics, Tom spends his time on amateur cryptography and speaking Esperanto. His home is in Portland, Oregon.
Table of Contents
PrefaceChapter 1: IntroductionChapter 2: Scalar DataChapter 3: Lists and ArraysChapter 4: SubroutinesChapter 5: HashesChapter 6: I/O BasicsChapter 7: Concepts of Regular ExpressionsChapter 8: More About Regular ExpressionsChapter 9: Using Regular ExpressionsChapter 10: More Control StructuresChapter 11: Filehandles and File TestsChapter 12: Directory OperationsChapter 13: Manipulating Files and DirectoriesChapter 14: Process ManagementChapter 15: Strings and SortingChapter 16: Simple DatabasesChapter 17: Some Advanced Perl TechniquesAppendix A: Exercise AnswersAppendix B: Beyond the LlamaColophon
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