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Modern Perl Programming Paperback – February 14, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0130089656 ISBN-10: 0130089656 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (February 14, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0130089656
  • ISBN-13: 978-0130089656
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,868,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Supercharged Perl programming for every developer, sysadmin, and Web professional.

  • In-depth coverage of references—the cornerstone of advanced Perl programming
  • Complete application examples, not just code snippets
  • CGI, networking, GUIs, and object development
  • Enterprise database integration applicable to all databases including Oracle and Sybase

Modern Perl Programming will help you master Perl's most robust, powerful features—so you can make the most of the language whether you're a beginner or an experienced scripter. Michael Saltzman starts with a rapid-fire Perl tutorial and refresher. Then, using actual applications—not just code snippets—he presents expert guidance on the Perl features that deliver the most power, productivity, and efficiency.

Coverage includes:

  • Practical coverage of data types, I/O, control structures, and operators
  • Making the most of associative arrays, hash tables, and regular expressions
  • Building your own subroutines
  • Developing Web-based CGI and network applications
  • Example-rich coverage of references (pointers)-the cornerstone of advanced Perl development
  • Object-oriented programming, data structures, and advanced GUI development
  • Integrating with enterprise-class databases: detailed examples applicable to Oracle and Sybase and other databases
  • Debugging Perl applications

Includes extensive downloadable library of code samples! You won't just get results fast: You'll get great results fast—robust, maintainable, industrial-strength Perl for even the most challenging environments.

About the Author

MICHAEL SALTZMAN is the founder of /training/etc Inc. He has developed extensive course materials, including courses in Perl, C/C++/STL, and Java and has led a wide variety of technical seminars on programming languages and UNIX. Before pursuing a career as a technical lecturer and writer, he was employed for 23 years by the National Security Agency, where he taught a wide range of programming and UNIX system administration courses. He holds MS degrees in Computer Science from the American University and Johns Hopkins University.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James W. Friedman on March 21, 2008
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All of the other reviews were quite accurate their evaluations quite personal, so this should point out that as with all tutorial/resource books one size does not fit all. I am a programmer who does not use Perl often. When I do, a quick read of this book is always a great boost. And as a resource. It is not complete, it is short and to the point. And concise. I like it, I use it, and I use it when teaching Perl to graduate students in Engineering disciplines who have exposure to programming and now need to quickly learn Perl to use as a tool in the context of research or a career. Its not a learn-computer-programming book and it is not the-complete-and-definitive Perl book. It is a very good refresher,summary, pointer, quick-study resource book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Scott on October 15, 2002
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During the last halve chapters of the book the author started to scurry through topics too quickly. I understand that he was trying to write a book that was not too advanced but I was irritated at new syntax and processes introduced in examples but not fully explained. This was my first Perl book. I admit I did like the book alot in the beginning. But when I began to practice code and needed to look up a keyword or special character I found there was no appendix for characters and keywords and scarcely an index at all. I had to thumb through the book each and every time I wanted to find "where I had read about" something.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Howard on March 8, 2002
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I have been programming in Perl for over a year, but not on a regular basis, so I don't consider myself to be a "seasoned" Perl programmer. I've been trying to find a good Perl book that is clear and easy to understand, with enough content and examples to guide me through whatever I might need.
I purchased this book recently when tasked with a web programming project that I didn't quite know how to accomplish. This book not only helped me through my project, but is quickly becoming the resource I rely on for all of my Perl questions. This is THE book I've been looking for!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "dark-jedi" on July 9, 2002
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I am a technical trainer and had the unfortunate task of teaching a Perl class using this book. I found this book to cover all of the essentials though not do it well.
In my opinion the author does not explain the details of the different functions of Perl he just assumes you know them and starts using them. He also starts using functions in early examples without first explaining what the function does. How can you learn arrays when his example has looping though he hasnt explained it yet? His examples are unneccesarily complex and could be written simply to get the same point accross.
A much better book is 'Teach Yourself Perl in 24 Hours' Second Edition by Clinton Pierce. Get it and get programming with Perl today.
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