- Paperback: 312 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; Fourth edition (July 24, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0596101058
- ISBN-13: 978-0596101053
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 99 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #340,755 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Randal Schwartz is one of the bestselling authors of all time, having been fortunate enough to coauthor two of the seminal books on learning Perl. In addition to writing Programming Perl and Learning Perl, Randal has been the Perl columnist for UNIX Review, Web Techniques, Sys Admin, and Linux Magazine.
Tom Phoenix has been working in the field of education since 1982. After more than thirteen years of dissections, explosions, work with interesting animals, and high-voltage sparks during his work at a science museum, he started teaching Perl classes for Stonehenge Consulting Services, where he's worked since 1996. Since then, he has traveled to many interesting locations, so you might see him soon at a Perl Mongers' meeting. When he has time, he answers questions on Usenet's comp.lang.perl.misc and comp.lang.perl.moderated newsgroups, and contributes to the development and usefulness of Perl. Besides his work with Perl, Perl hackers, and related topics, Tom spends his time on amateur cryptography and speaking Esperanto. His home is in Portland, Oregon.
brian d foy has been an instructor for Stonehenge Consulting Services since 1998. He founded the first Perl user group, the New York Perl Mongers, as well as the Perl advocacy nonprofit Perl Mongers, Inc., which helped form more than 200 Perl user groups across the globe. He maintains the perlfaq portions of the core Perl documentation, several modules on CPAN, and some stand-alone scripts. He's the publisher of The Perl Review and is a frequent speaker at conferences. His writings on Perl appear on The O'Reilly Network and use.perl.org, and in The Perl Journal, Dr. Dobbs Journal, and The Perl Review.
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Those gripes aside this is a fantastic way to learn Perl. The first script I wrote after finishing the book was over 500 lines and automated a painful task I had to do every day at work.
This book did not disappoint. It's been excellent. It takes a very practical approach to educating the reader on the mechanics of Perl, focusing on cumulative knowledge as the chapters move along. The text is reasonably engaging, and the material moves at a good pace - not too fast and not too slow. The exercises at the end of the chapters help reinforce the material, and even includes estimates of how long the programming should take. It clearly articulates differences between Perl versions without droning on incessantly about tiny nuances. It is riddled with footnotes for more advanced users to help them understand more and more exceptions to basic rules, as they are initially taught by the text.
To be clear, this book isn't a book that teaches how to program. If you're looking for something that covers procedural logic, this is not the book for you. However, I would suspect that even someone without a deep computer background, but just a strong willingness to learn, would find this book beneficial.
If you ARE a programmer, you might find it a bit novice, and the pace a little slow - maybe not though, maybe you should just absorb the material faster and fly through the chapters. It's hard for me to say.
It was exactly what I was looking for, and after some more practice, I believe I may be moving on to Intermediate Perl.
1. it has emphasized a lot on perl principle:
2. it compares a lot of different usage and lead you to know how and why
3. it has a lot of information
I have ever bought another perl book "beginning perl by Jame Lees", and read about it. Though the latter is a good book, it has not touched why and how to use perl when there are choices. That has forced me to continue to search for another book.
Actually I find this book by luck. I had attended some perl training program, and it has touched a lot more in-depth about perl. Then I found this book is one of the two major reference book.
The only drawback is that the book can be more compact by cutting those verbose sentences. So, I am skipping a lot of readings by jumping from examples to examples to understand concepts, why and how to use perl.
This book is an amazingly quick read for someone with existing programming experience. That's not to say it's not comprehensive or small. It's both comprehensive and full-sized. You will be able to do 90%+ of most programming tasks with just this book (and a little research of your own, in the places the book directs you to).
I am looking forward to the next 2 books in series!