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The Perl Pocket Reference
is an invaluable reference for those who find themselves frequently searching for a quick answer to a question or reminder of a syntax rule. This handy, well-organized quick reference condenses stacks of Perl documentation down to the most essential at-your-fingertips facts. For ease-of-use, convenience, and price, this little reference is the first place Perl programmers look when they need an answer quickly.
The Perl Pocket Reference provides a complete overview of the Perl programming language, all packed into a convenient, carry-around booklet. It is updated for Perl 5.8, and covers a summary of Perl syntax rules, a complete list of operators, built-in functions, and standard library modules, all with brief descriptions. Also included are the newest Perl features, such as enhanced regular expressions, multithreading, the Perl compiler, and Unicode support.
The Perl Pocket Reference, 4th Edition, is the perfect companion to the authoritative books on Perl published by O'Reilly & Associates: Programming Perl, Learning Perl, and the Perl Cookbook. This pocket reference will never make it to the bookshelf dog-eared and well worn, it will remain within arms reach of the keyboard or tucked in a back pocket, where it will be referred to on a daily basis.
The fourth edition of our popular Perl pocket reference now covers the latest release--Perl 5.8--with a summary of Perl syntax rules, a complete list of operators, built-in functions, and standard library modules. All with brief, easy-to-find descriptions.
About the Author
Johan Vromans has engaged in software engineering research since 1975. Convinced of the importance of a good programming environment, he became an expert in using GNU Emacs and the Perl programming language. Recently he was instrumental in bringing the Internet to the Netherlands as a commercial activity. He currently owns his own typesetting and consulting business called Squirrel Consultancy. He can be reached at JVromans@squirrel.nl.
Table of Contents
Perl Pocket Reference Chapter 1: Conventions Chapter 2: Command-Line Options Chapter 3: Syntax Chapter 4: Embedded Documentation Chapter 5: Data Types Chapter 6: Quotes and Interpolation Chapter 7: Literal Values Chapter 8: Variables Chapter 9: Context Chapter 10: Operators and Precedence Chapter 11: Statements Chapter 12: Subroutines Chapter 13: Packages and Modules Chapter 14: Pragmatic Modules Chapter 15: Object-Oriented Programming Chapter 16: Special Classes Chapter 17: Arithmetic Functions Chapter 18: Conversion Functions Chapter 19: Structure Conversion Chapter 20: String Functions Chapter 21: Array and Hash Functions Chapter 22: Regular Expressions Chapter 23: Search and Replace Functions Chapter 24: File Test Operators Chapter 25: File Operations Chapter 26: Input and Output Chapter 27: Formatted Printing Chapter 28: Formats Chapter 29: Tying Variables Chapter 30: Directory Reading Routines Chapter 31: System Interaction Chapter 32: Networking Chapter 33: System V IPC Chapter 34: Miscellaneous Chapter 35: Information from System Databases Chapter 36: Special Variables Chapter 37: Special Arrays Chapter 38: Special Hashes Chapter 39: Environment Variables Chapter 40: Threads Chapter 41: Compiler Backends Chapter 42: The Perl Debugger Standard Modules Perl Links Perl O'REILLY®