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Praise for Ellie Quigley’s Books


“I picked up a copy of JavaScript by Example over the weekend and wanted to thank you for putting out a book that makes JavaScript easy to understand. I’ve been a developer for several years now and JS has always been the ‘monster under the bed,’ so to speak. Your book has answered a lot of questions I’ve had about the inner workings of JS but was afraid to ask. Now all I need is a book that covers Ajax and Coldfusion. Thanks again for putting together an outstanding book.”

—Chris Gomez, Web services manager, Zunch Worldwide, Inc.


“I have been reading your UNIX® Shells by Example book, and I must say, it is brilliant. Most other books do not cover all the shells, and when you have to constantly work in an organization that uses tcsh, bash, and korn, it can become very difficult. However, your book has been indispensable to me in learning the various shells and the differences between them…so I thought I’d email you, just to let you know what a great job you have done!”

—Farogh-Ahmed Usmani, B.Sc. (Honors), M.Sc., DIC, project consultant (Billing Solutions), Comverse


“I have been learning Perl for about two months now; I have a little shell scripting experience but that is it. I first started with Learning Perl by O’Reilly. Good book but lacking on the examples. I then went to Programming Perl by Larry Wall, a great book for intermediate to advanced, didn’t help me much beginning Perl. I then picked up Perl by Example, Third Edition—this book is a superb, well-written programming book. I have read many computer books and this definitely ranks in the top two, in my opinion. The examples are excellent. The author shows you the code, the output of each line, and then explains each line in every example.”

—Dan Patterson, software engineer, GuideWorks, LLC


“Ellie Quigley has written an outstanding introduction to Perl, which I used to learn the language from scratch. All one has to do is work through her examples, putz around with them, and before long, you’re relatively proficient at using the language. Even though I’ve graduated to using Programming Perl by Wall et al., I still find Quigley’s book a most useful reference.”

—Casey Machula, support systems analyst, Northern Arizona University, College of Health and Human Services


“When I look at my bookshelf, I see eleven books on Perl programming. Perl by Example, Third Edition, isn’t on the shelf; it sits on my desk, where I use it almost daily. When I bought my copy I had not programmed in several years and my programming was mostly in COBOL so I was a rank beginner at Perl. I had at that time purchased several popular books on Perl but nothing that really put it together for me. I am still no pro, but my book has many dog-eared pages and each one is a lesson I have learned and will certainly remember.


“I still think it is the best Perl book on the market for anyone from a beginner to a seasoned programmer using Perl almost daily.”

—Bill Maples, network design tools and automations analyst, Fidelity National Information Services


“We are rewriting our intro to OS scripting course and selected your text for the course. [UNIX® Shells by Example is] an exceptional book. The last time we considered it was a few years ago (second edition). The debugging and system administrator chapters at the end nailed it for us.”

—Jim Leone, Ph.D., professor and chair, Information Technology, Rochester Institute of Technology


“Quigley’s [PHP and MySQL by Example] acknowledges a major usage of PHP. To write some kind of front end user interface program that hooks to a back end MySQL database. Both are free and open source, and the combination has proved popular. Especially where the front end involves making an HTML web page with embedded PHP commands.


“Not every example involves both PHP and MySQL. Though all examples have PHP. Many demonstrate how to use PHP inside an HTML file. Like writing user-defined functions, or nesting functions. Or making or using function libraries. The functions are a key idea in PHP, that take you beyond the elementary syntax. Functions also let you gainfully use code by other PHP programmers. Important if you are part of a coding group that has to divide up the programming effort in some manner.”

—Dr. Wes Boudville, CTO, Metaswarm Inc.

About the Author

Ellie Quigley has taught scripting in Silicon Valley for more than twenty-five years. Her Perl and shell programming classes at the University of California, Santa Cruz Extension are part of Silicon Valley lore. Her other best-selling Prentice Hall books include UNIX® Shells by Example, Fourth Edition; PHP and MySQL by Example (with Marko Gargenta); and JavaScript by Example. A major player in developing UCSC’s Silicon Valley Extension program, she has created and customized courses for pioneering firms, including Xilinx, NetApp, Yahoo, and Juniper.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 888 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 5 edition (December 27, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0133760812
  • ISBN-13: 978-0133760811
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #436,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When you have learnt PERL from a series of good books, and you finally think you can master it, then read this brilliant PERL by EXAMPLE.
I'm convinced that everyone will discover a mass of new things in it.
The way the author builds up the definitions followed bij numbered lines in the examples referring to the same numbers in the explanation lists, is simply fantastic.
Thank you, dear Ellie Quigley, from the bottom of my PERL heart.
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By jose burgos on October 23, 2015
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great book, like that every line is explained.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gherasim Adrian on May 18, 2015
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The best book for learning Perl
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