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Advanced Perl Programming (Perl Series) Paperback – August 11, 1997

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ISBN-13: 978-1565922204 ISBN-10: 1565922204 Edition: 1st

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'This book lives up to everything I have come to expect of the O'Reilly Nutshell series, being both technically accurate and highly readable. I would recommend it to anyone needing to extend or embed perl as well as to those wishing to move to more complex perl programming than they might be doing at the moment.' - Tom Hughes, Cvue, January 2000

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Sriram Srinivasan ("Ram") is an expert on distributed object technologies, and develops Java middleware at WebLogic, San Francisco, for fun and profit. He actively pursues his interests in programming languages, databases, transaction processing, networking, and meaningful user interfaces. Sriram has been an enthusiastic user and teacher of Perl for the last six years, and currently teaches a course on advanced Perl programming for the extension program at the University of California at Berkeley. In his spare time, he dabbles in Indian classical music, charcoal drawing, cooking, and biking, and dreams of the day when he can say, "In his spare time, he dabbles in programming languages, ...".

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  • Series: Perl Series
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (August 11, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565922204
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565922204
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,066,844 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By "ggarramuno" on June 7, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is, as the title implies, a book for advanced programmers. You are not supposed to be reading it until "Learning Perl" seems really basic to you and when you are ready to make the progression from browsing "Programming Perl" (the Camel book) -a reference guide to ALL of Perl- to writing a real & complex application. This book serves then as an introduction to several complex topics (DBI, data structures, Tk, OO, & Perl C internals) and gives a better explanation in some areas where the Camel book falls short or becomes too complex (here the explanations are better, but don't expect full tutorials from A to Z). I warn you. It is the perfect companion to introduce you to a new subject while reading the online docs or other. You also might want to browse thru it if you are an experienced programmer with other scripting languages like TCL, Java or Python, since the comparisons at the end of each chapter is really excellent. As anything that was once considered advanced (and therefore, cutting edge), the book has aged. Things like the persistent data manipulation module presented in the book have since been improved upon by newer ones. Some of the TCL comparisons are not entirely fair anymore (although mostly still correct). Tom Christiansen's perltoot for OO included with Perl is a much better and thorough introduction than the one offered here. Also, if you are the type of programmer that reads every single little piece of documentation that comes with Perl, then well, you won't find anything new here --but some concepts that could have been unclear might be clarified here (the ideas presented are still correct, even if some of the code is not anymore).
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Igor France on December 6, 1999
Format: Paperback
Normally, I would not feel the need to review this book, had I not seen the review:
"Why are there so many good reviews for this book?" by Eric Vogan (see above).

I would like to add that it is a great book and that it has thought me a lot.
Having mastered basic to intermmediate Perl, "Advanced Perl Programming" really took me further.
But as the name says, this is "advanced" Perl programming, and not a beginner's book. So Eric, even though you are a C++ programmer, you have to go through the basics before you try to use this book. The Preface clearly says what you are expected to know before you start with this book.

For beginning Perl programmers I would recommend the "Perl 5 by Example" and "Programming Perl", both of which are an excellent entry point to Perl.
But for taking your studies further, "Advanced Perl Programming", among others, is a gold-mine.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steve Wainstead on July 17, 2000
Format: Paperback
Compared to "Programming Perl" the explanations of references and complex data structures are worth the price alone. They are clear and concise. The OOP chapters are a little thick, but if you are new to OOP they are a decent introduction.
But one of the great things about this book is its overall passion for programming and computer science; you can tell the author loves his work. It really shows. I bought "Programming Pearls" (not "Perls") as a result of this, and there's a neat chapter on dynamic code generation, an essential tool for the web developer's toolbox. All Perl hackers need this one.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jack D. Herrington on December 13, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is one of the four critical books you need to learn Perl; Programming Perl, Learning Perl, Perl Cookbook and Advanced Perl Programming. This book provides a deep understanding of how references (pointers) can be used to increase performance. In addition the book gives you a deeper understanding about how to make better use of hash tables as data structures. The section on code generation using templates is great as well.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By peterm@zeta.org.au on November 3, 1997
Format: Paperback
I've been playing with Perl (where playing I guess is the operative word) for about 6 years now.
That means I've read -- or tried to read -- what have been rated as some of the best books on Perl. But I've read them intermittently, as I do all technical works: a bit here, a bit there, pause a bit, try a bit of code, look up a chapter... etc.
This book was different. Within 12 hours of getting it, I had read continuously through to the end of Chapter 7 (120+ pages), taking it all in voraciously. Somehow, this has picked up on every important cranny in the language I had skipped over as "too hard" or "too confusing" -- with all deference to Larry, Tom and Randal.. It hits the spot with examples just where I need them, and with concepts and analogies that clicked into place beautifully.
If you know about pointers, but puzzle about refs and typeglobs and $$this and \$that and *somethingelse, if talk of aliases, closures, and variable suicide have made you feel inadequate... if the works of modules, objects and stuff like that still has you confused, this book is for you.
The only problem: I used to think of myself as a tech writer... they still pay me for it. Now I just feel inadequate. But I'm learning.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jamie Ann Owens on February 7, 2000
Format: Paperback
This books does a good job of covering topics that you normally cannot read about. The reason I purchased this book was to learn how to do networking based coding and this job covers the subject fairly well, and to my surprised, did a quick explaination of multithreaded the processes. Two other chapters I found neat was how to make a CGI tetris games, and a CGI based Man program (with formatting). Like virtually all O'Reily books, its nice solid education with no drawbacks. I'd also like to make a comment about a previos review from a guy called 'archie'. I'd like to note he didn't say what he was looking for that this book lacked, and for being such a smart guy with a "computer science degree" he doesn't seem to udnerstand basic english punctuation or capitalization. In other words, you should never pay attention to a book review that can be written in 20 words or less.
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