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Beginning Perl Paperback – September 19, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1118013847 ISBN-10: 1118013840 Edition: 1st
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Learn the Perl skills employers are looking for

As one of the most influential programming languages in the world, Perl is used extensively in web development, data processing, and system administration. Whether you're new to Perl or looking to strengthen your real-world skills, this resource covers what you need to handle scenarios. Drawing on his decade-plus of Perl experience, Curtis "Ovid" Poe begins with a brief review of the basics of Perl, then moves on to demonstrate how you actually use Perl in the workplace. Additionally, hands-on exercises, invaluable advice, and real-world examples all contribute to making this book essential reading.

Beginning Perl:

  • Explains how to work with data using Perl's built-in functions
  • Shows how to handle Unicode in Perl
  • Details the basics of control flow and handling references, files, and directories
  • Devotes a full chapter to Object-Oriented Perl as well as a chapter on Moose
  • Provides a comprehensive introduction to automated testing
  • Touches on Catalyst, DBIx::Class usage, and other popular modules
  • Technical edit by chromatic, a well-known developer, prolific writer, and author of several Perl titles

"This is not your everyday Beginning Perl book. Not only does Ovid provide splendid coverage of Perl's basics and best practices, he also covers modern Perl techniques and modules, where Perl's real power lies. [It] is like being given Batman's utility belt: you have everything you need to do truly amazing things. If Perl were a shark, this book would teach you how to outfit it with lasers."
Paul Fenwick, Perl Training Australia

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Curtis "Ovid" Poe has specialized in Perl since 2000. He is an author, a regular guest speaker at conferences across Europe and the United States, and he wrote the test harness that currently ships with the Perl language.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 744 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (September 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118013840
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118013847
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #304,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Craig Treptow on June 13, 2013
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I have been dabbling in Perl on and off since about 1993. For a decade or so, it was mostly "off", and then I took a position programming Perl full time about a year ago. We currently use perl 5.8.9, and I spend part of my time teaching Perl to old school mainframe COBOL programmers. Dare I say, I am the target market for this book?

Chapter 1
The author takes the time, to explain that you should ever use `PERL', since it's not an acronym. I find it funny that the section headings utilize an "all caps" font, so the author does end up using `PERL'. That's not even a quibble, I just chuckle at such things.

The author covers the perlbrew utility. Fantastic! What about all of us schmucks that are stuck with Windows at work, or elsewhere? Throw us a bone!! Ok, I don't think there is a bone to throw us, but the author does a great job of covering the options for Windows.

He covers the community! Amazing! Wonderful! Of all things a beginner should know, this is one of them, and it's great that the author has taken some time to describe what's out there.

One other note are the...notes. I love the fact that the author has left little breadcrumbs in the book (each starts with "NOTE" in a grey box), warning you about things that could ultimately hurt you. Case in point, the warning on page 13 regarding the old OO docs that came with 5.8 and 5.10. Wonderful.

Chapter 2
An entire chapter on CPAN? Yes!!! CPAN is a great resource, and part of what makes Perl so great. The author even has some advice regarding how to evaluate a module. Odd, though, there is no mention of the wonderful site. That is quickly becoming the favorite of a lot of people.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By numberwhun on December 9, 2012
Format: Paperback
I bought this book more for review purposes, to get my skills in Perl back to what they should be, so that I could take them further. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the author covered more detail than expected when he wrote this book. His examples and the way he explains things makes understanding each topic all that much easier. I am still reading the book, but I have learned more little obscure things that other Perl book designed for beginners just don't cover.

The author has done a fantastic job of giving you a very solid grounding in the Perl language so that you can take the knowledge he has shared and go further. His coverage of modern Perl topics as well as great in-depth coverage of "must learn" areas, makes this the new must have book in everyone's Perl bookshelf. If you have no other book in your library, you need to have this one. Without a doubt, this is the new bible for the Perl language.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By David Pool on February 16, 2013
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I'm still reading through this book but I find the breezy style and humor enjoyable. I think the book is an excellent overview of Perl from someone who is deeply familiar with the topic. While I don't think it is a book for a complete newbie to programming, I think it's a good introduction for someone who has a background with programming and wants to pick up Perl, or for someone who has dabbled in Perl but wants to brush up on fundamentals.

All of the code is available on line so you don't HAVE to slavishly type out all the examples. So that's nice. I also thought the pointers on getting CPAN up and running were nice to have upfront. In fact one of the best things about the book is that the author has such a rich history with the language that you feel like you are being GUIDED through the language instead of just being introduced. For example, not only do you learn how to set a $variable, but you get some insights into things like the default $_ variable and other Perl tidbits that make it powerful and easy to use.

All in all, well worth the purchase price.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By D. Leon on April 4, 2014
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Having read this book after reading through the "Learning Perl" and "Intermediate Perl" tutorial-style books from O'Reilly, I really appreciate how this author seems to always strike the perfect balance of teaching me exactly what I want to learn -- no more, and no less. The information is dense, but not overbearing. The pace is quick, but not hurried. Throughout the entire 800+ pages you get the feeling that you are learning from a true aficionado of the language. The author's love and mastery of Perl is self-evident and his enthusiasm is infectious. Thanks for this one, my $hero!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By David Precious on March 13, 2015
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Let me preface this by saying that, as a professional Perl developer with years of commercial Perl experience, I'm not in the target audience for this book - however, I, along with a large number of other users in the Perl community, recommend this book to every new Perl user learning the language who is looking for a recommendation of a book to get them started.

It's a solid book, taking you from an easy introduction to the language concepts to mastery, but, most importantly, focusses on modern Perl. Perl as a language has come a very long way from its early days, and there is, unfortunately, still a lot of older books and websites out there which are sadly outdated. This book will teach you how to get the most of modern Perl, along with various best practices that will help you make the most of Perl's power and flexibility.
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