- Paperback: 464 pages
- Publisher: Longhorn Pr (December 16, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0201360683
- ISBN-13: 978-0201360684
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,442,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Perl Power!: A JumpStart Guide to Programming with Perl 5
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From the Back Cover
beginners and intermediate developers can use the introductory chapter to get up and running with Perl 5 fast, and a tutorial on object-oriented programming will supplement knowledge and help to fully exploit the power of Perl.
internet users will learn how to automate repetitive tasks. Ready-to-go scripts show how to periodically check Web pages for changes, scan Newsgroups for interesting messages or send email. Perl Power! will enable you to write your own scripts to program-and-conquer the Internet!
system administrators will find ways to automate many tasks of their day to day work
software developers will gain advice on solving commonly occurring programming problems in short development cycles and unleashing the power of popular Perl modules. PERL POWER!
* will help you get up and running writing your own applications with a wealth of practical solutions and examples showing real programming problems
* provides detailed coverage of Perl on the Internet, including CGI,Web clients, Usenet, email, FTP and Telnet
* shows how to ease the use of command line-driven Perl scripts by full-fledged mouse-driven Perl/Tk graphic user interfaces
* comes with a CD and installation instructions for a quick start on the majority of UNIX system, Windows 95 and Windows NT
The accompanying CD-ROM features all the programming examples from the book, together with a complete ready-to use Perl distribution for Windows 95/NT a free Apache Web Server and freely available modules which can be used to solve everyday programming problems. 0201360683B04062001
About the Author
Michael Schilli is a Web Engineer with America Online Inc. and has over eight years professional experience in software development. He is a regular contributor with both iX (European Unix magazine) and the Linux Magazin with monthly columns on Internet programmign with Perl 5.
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The first hundred pages or so provide a lightening-strike introduction to the basics of Perl. Best-suited for a reader with prior programming experience, the first chapter illustrates the most important Perl concepts efficiently, but also includes enough subtleties and effective examples that it's worth a look by a non-beginner.
After equally vigorous introductions to Perl objects and modules, Schilli focuses on two exciting areas where Perl's unique strengths are well-suited, Tk-based graphical user interface development and internet programming. Although Perl has many important uses beyond these two, they make an effective introduction to the breadth and power of the language.
Even the appendices contain a surprising variety of useful information, from the instructions for installing Perl from the included CD, to the quick references to HTML and POD, to the links to a variety of resources available through the 'Net.
Clearly, a "jump start guide" can't cover every detail of a language as eclectic as Perl; nevertheless, Schilli has done a very good job of selecting topics that will get the reader up and running quickly, while leaving them prepared to learn even more. I also consider this book nearly ideal for the reader who is already familiar with Perl as a rapid-development text-processing and scripting language, and who is now ready to move into full-blown application development in Perl.
What I didn't expect was the bonus of someone finally providing a good explanation of Perl 5 and object-oriented perl. That section ALSO would have been worth the price of the book.
Even the first chapter had all sorts of insights and explanations I found invaluable. I've been using perl off and on for about 3 years, mostly writing quick utilities, and I'll credit this book with wanting to make me use perl more.