- Series: Nutshell Handbooks
- Paperback: 300 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly; 2 edition (July 15, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1565922840
- ISBN-13: 978-1565922846
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 124 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #720,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This second edition of Learning Perl, designed for those who seek a rapid working knowledge of Perl and sporting a new foreword by Perl author Larry Wall, fully covers the world of Perl, version 5. In this new edition, program examples and exercise answers have been radically updated to reflect typical usage under Perl 5, and numerous details have been added or modified. In addition, you'll find new sections introducing Perl references and CGI programming. Perl is a high-level, multipurpose language. It is used in diverse system administration tasks, while also playing an endless variety of roles in other areas. These range from data reduction and report generation to distributed computing and assorted auxiliary roles in software development. Perl has even encroached upon the territory of C and other programming languages. Learning Perl, written by a leading Perl instructor, provides a systematic, step-by-step, tutorial approach to learning the language. There are numerous short code examples punctuating a relaxed, informal, and precise tour of all the main features of the language. In addition, each chapter contains exercise problems, together with their solutions. Anyone who works through the book will be capable of programming with a broad and productive range of Perl features. For a comprehensive and detailed guide to advanced programming with Perl, read O'Reilly's companion book, Programming Perl.
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However, there are a few important things to note. This is not a standalone book. You will need to get the Programming in Perl book as well to serve as a reference guide. Also, this book assumes basic Unix knowledge. If you have no exposure to Unix, a couple of things (very minor though) might be a bit baffling. If you've played with Unix, then this book is a breeze.
I managed to ramp myself up on Perl and start writing some sweet scripts within a week. I also bought the Programming in Perl book and now I turn to that book for the more heavy duty stuff.
The long and short of it: this is the best beginners book around for Perl.
I bought this book only in hopes that I would be able to hack existing programs to fine tune them more to my needs not to write my own. Guess what... It's not as hard as I thought. This book starts you off building a fun little script in the first chapter and by the end of the second you are writing three of your own. Each chapter brings you painlessly closer to understanding the basic principals of perl. By the end of the book I was able to write some simple, but very functional scripts on my own.
While this book does NOT claim to teach you to be a programmer and only covers the basics, it sure teaches you to think and read in perl. If you are thinking about it yourself don't look any further.
Learning Perl is a good book for beginners. But alot has changed since 1997 (when it was published). If you want to learn the "basics" of Perl and are just gonna play around with Perl, this is one of the books for you. If you need to learn Perl for use in a production environment, you should look at some of the newer O'Reilly books on Perl. This book is just too old and outdated for me to give it more than 3 stars