"A book about kick-starting your programming imagination . . . [it] will get you thinking about . . . creating practical solutions to your problems." -- About.com Guide to Perl, May 22, 2006
"Exemplifies the practical approach, highlighting utilities that make readers' computing and online lives easier." -- Library Journal Reviews, May 1, 2006
"Provides excellent and useful scripts to do the specific things the author intends them to be used for." -- OReilly.net, April 24, 2006
"This is not your typical Perl book . . . great for a Perl programmer who has a flair for unique issues." -- Free Software Magazine, April 20, 2006
From the Back Cover
You can do a lot of strange and wonderful things with the Perl languageif you know how. Many Perl programmers have been frustrated at one time or another because the system was missing some simple and obvious utility. Wicked Cool Perl Scripts is your guide to writing those utilities quickly and easily.
This book contains a wide variety of scripts including ones that make use of really cool Perl features (see script #1 Automatic Help Option) and Internet data mining (try script #18 Getting Stock Quotes or script #19 Comics Download).
It also contains games (like Teaching a Toddler, script #35), programs to make system administration easier (such as Mass File Renaming, script #21), and even a program to help someone hiking the Grand Canyon (script #42 Location Finder).
Even the most experienced programmer can benefit from script #46 the Regular Expression Grapher which shows you how a complex expression like /^.*(a|b|c).+$/ can be made into a simple, easily understood graph.
If youre a Perl programmer who wants to learn the ins and outs as well as the hidden corners of the language, Wicked Cool Perl Scripts will show you simple and elegant hacks as well as some extreme examples of power programming. With Wicked Cool Perl Scripts in hand, youll be doing things you never even thought possible in Perl. Youll be using the language to do real work, of course, but youll also be producing wickedly cool programs.