Beginning Perl, Second Edition is a well-named text that starts exactly where it claims This book is a fine place to start.
— James Edward Gray II, Slashdot contributor
...there are great examples, and projects assigned after each chapter to help you really understand and remember how to code in Perl.
— Mark Spritzler, JavaRanch Bartender
This book is a well-conceived introduction to Perl in tutorial form... A Very Good Book. :) :) :) :) of 5.
— George Woolley of Oakland Perl Mongers
The Perl (this book) teaches is strong industry-standard Perl that is considered best practice.
— Jack Herrington, Editor, Code Generation Network
Originally created as a powerful text processing tool, Perl has since evolved into a multi-purpose, multi-platform language capable of implementing a variety of tasks such as system administration, CGI and network programming, XML processing, and more. Beginning Perl, Second Edition provides valuable insight into Perls role regarding all of these tasks and more.
Commencing with a comprehensive overview of language basics, you'll learn all about important concepts such as Perl's data types and control flow constructs. This material sets the stage for a discussion of more complex topics, such as writing custom functions, using regular expressions, and file input and output. Next, we move on to the advanced topics of object oriented programming, modules, CGI programming, and database administration with Perls powerful database interface module, DBI. The examples and code provided offer you all of the information you need to start writing your own powerful scripts to solve the problems listed above, and many more.
Whether you are a complete novice or an experienced programmer, Beginning Perl, Second Edition offers an ideal guide to learning Perl.