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 Perl to Python Migration  Martin C Brown     Are you a Perl programmer who would like to be able to programme in Python?  Brimming with a wealth of practical examples and resources this book will show  you how.    The Book  The first section will show you the basic layout and  approach of the two languages whilst the second section moves on to the specific  differences of using Python data types and objects over Perl variables.  The book then moves on to look at the core technologies behind the Python language,  including the exception system for handling errors, the class and object orientation  system for creating new classes and instances and how to split your program into  functions and modules for easier management. All of these basics are treated with  respect to people¿s existing understanding and skills in Perl programming and how  they can be leveraged in Python.  The last section of the book then looks at specific areas of programming, data  manipulation, network communicated, web programming and others to  demonstrate to the reader how to make the move from Perl programming to  Python programming.

 Skills you will learn
  • Introduction to Python
  • How to Execute Python Programs
  • Understanding the objects and statements in Python
  • How to migrate your Perl functions to Python
  • All about Python Modules, Classes and Object Orientation
  • Interfacing with the Operating system
  • Data Manipulation
  • File manipulation
  • Network communication
  • Web development
  • GUI (Tk) deployment
 About the author  Martin C. Brown has been a programmer and systems manager for eleven years for a  variety of organizations, including a university, an ISP, and an advertising agency.  He specializes in making computers easier to use and more accessible to people who  are not computer literate and in integrating different platforms into the same  environment. A full-time author, he spends most of his time writing programming  books, despite spending the bulk of his life trying to avoid getting sucked too far into  the programming world. Martin is the author of eleven other books, including both the Perl and Python Complete Reference titles and Debugging Perl.      

About the Author

About the author Martin C. Brown has been a programmer and systems manager for eleven years for a variety of organizations, including a university, an ISP, and an advertising agency. He specializes in making computers easier to use and more accessible to people who are not computer literate and in integrating different platforms into the same environment. A full-time author, he spends most of his time writing programming books, despite spending the bulk of his life trying to avoid getting sucked too far into the programming world. Martin is the author of eleven other books, including both the Perl and Python Complete Reference titles and Debugging Perl
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Product Details

  • Series: Practical Solutions Series
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1st edition (November 2, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201734885
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201734881
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #570,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm an avid Perl programmer who's wanted to do more with Python, but never seem to have the time to actually _do_ something in Python because I run out of time and end up doing it in Perl. This book has helped me get over that hurdle by providing a useful cross reference, so if you want to do X in Perl (with a perl code example that looks very typical), do Y in Python (with a plausible code fragment).
I would have rated this book 5 stars, as it very clearly achieves its stated goal. Unfortunately it is absolutely riddled with minor typo's. Perhaps that will be fixed in a future edition, but for now it makes life a bit more difficult since you have to pay very close attention to what is in the book vs. what you might already know and correct the book where it is wrong.
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If you happen to be a Perl Hacker who wants to get into Python, this book is just what you're looking for. It's written from the perspective of a Perl programmer who has made the switch to Python. It introduces Python while explaining the relevant differences to Perl as it goes. There are also lots of code snippets showing Perl code along with its Python equivalents.
This book does have some problems however. It has more typos in it than any other programming book I've ever read. That applies to both the text itself as well as some of the code samples. There are also some places in which it explains things assuming knowledge of something else that isn't described until further on in.
That said, I still found the book useful, and for me it was probably worth the purchase price. I would just recommend that readers be very wary of the typos as you go along.
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Yes, it's not perfect. Yes, a few of the examples have typos. Yes, it's out of date. However, as a heavy Perl-head who needed to learn Python fast, this book, and a few web searches, was all I needed. The book is page after page of "This is what you're familiar with in Perl, this is how you do it in Python". Within a week of getting the book I had written hundreds of lines of executing Python. It's a shame it's out of print. If you know Perl, and need to learn Python, buy this book first, read it, and then decide if you need anything else. (I bought the Python cookbook but have rarely referred to it).
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This book is a reasonable cross-reference, but it can't be trusted at all, for the simple fact that it has so many typos, spelling mistakes, and code samples with errors in that it's a dangerous book to give to a python learner. Bad show.
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