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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.
I had high hopes for this book, but it fails on several levels.
- Most of the scripts in the book use an external module for the important work. Read more
The problem with book titles which marry terms like 'wicked' and 'cool' with programming, is that scripts which, for example, determine the particular type of EOL marker in a file,... Read morePublished on July 24, 2007 by Thing with a hook
'Wicked Cool Perl Scripts : Useful Perl Scripts That Solve Difficult Problems' by Steve Oualline is a fun book for Perl programmers that highlight lots of neat little things that... Read morePublished on July 11, 2006 by Dan McKinnon
If you have a decent background in Perl and you are looking for practical ideas for scripts, Wicked Cool Perl Scripts by Steve Oualline has a number of benefits to offer... Read morePublished on May 28, 2006 by Thomas Duff
I don't recommend this book for beginning PERL programmers as there is not enough explanation to be useful for that purpose. Read morePublished on April 29, 2006 by calvinnme