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Beginning Perl (Programmer to Programmer) Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-1861003140 ISBN-10: 1861003145 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 700 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox Press; 1st edition (May 25, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861003145
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861003140
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.3 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #322,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book promotes the use of Perl as a programming language, encouraging the creation of legible and sensible programs so as to dispel the image of Perl as a confusing and obscure language. In other words: Don't worry, whatever your current experience level in the world of Perl, this book has something for you. It covers both basic and advanced aspects of Perl, Apache modPerl and Perlscript for use with Wintel systems and stresses the cross-platform nature of Perl, with extensive examples and techniques.

About the Author

Simon Cozens is a freelance programmer who has extensive commercial experience developing in Perl for Oracle, amongst other clients.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Harper on July 11, 2005
Format: Paperback
There is a second edition by the same title coming out, but without Simon Cozen listed as an author. Cannot say whether the 2nd edition is any good, but the out-of-print 1st edition is excellent. The first edition can be found online. I believe Simon is going to take a break from writing for a while. I hope he finds his way back to writing about Perl eventually.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By MrBios VINE VOICE on February 20, 2002
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Update 02-26-2010: I threw this book out a few months ago even though it had all my notes written on the pages. I wish I had it back. I would downloaded and would like to learn the new est version. There aren't many books on the shelf for computers anymore - especially for programming. I still feel perl is a great language for digging data our of log files etc.

Update 04-24-08: I will likely be dusting this book off and bring it in to work. The notes I wrote in it make it invaluable to me. There is a new version too. UltraEdit is a great text editor and only costs $50 for the latest and greatest text version of the program.

I spent a year with the book and went through almost every chapter in detail. I typed in nearly every chapter, wrote notes in the book, etc.

It's not perfect and falls a little short occasionally in the area of being pro-active. By this I mean there are some areas where the author could have emphasized things a bit more.

Also, he makes it seem like learning PERL is a breeze. I found it a lot of work after spending 2000 hrs with the book. I can can code pretty well and consider myself an intermediate non-professional. This language is an outstanding way to learning advanced programming techniques common to all languages. It is also something I will use as I move from windows 2k/xp to Mac OS X Tiger - which has perl built in and is accessible through the Terminal.app window.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Hughes on February 13, 2007
Format: Paperback
I have been a part-time Perl coder over the last ten years and have around 15 Perl and Perl related manuals. I purchased this book back in 2000 and still use it today. When I compare my other manuals with this one, there is really no comparison. The book has a way of explaining and using examples to direct the user to create basic yet effective working perl scripts. Far too many Perl manuals jump from the very basic examples to more advanced topics leaving many stones unturned. When I compare other Perl manuals covering the same topics Cozen's covers, I ask myself,

"how could the other writers not include this essential information?" This an essential Perl reference for the beginner or experienced user. I just wish this had been my first Perl rather than my fifteenth.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By spidermick on February 5, 2012
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This is an excellent book for someone who is just starting with Perl. Does help if you have some programming experience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Odd Bodd on November 6, 2011
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A very, very good introduction to Perl, with plenty of exercises with solution! (critical for learning a new language. It is such a shame that it's out of print.
Unfortunately, it doesn't cover the Perl debugger in any depth. Despite the fact that coverage is a bit old, it is quite adequate to get started and be very comfortable with the language. I wish it was available on Kindle.
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