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Core Perl [Paperback]

Reuven M. Lerner
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Dec 21 2001 0130351814 978-0130351814 1
The expert developers guide to Perl!
Tools-based approach gives you the techniques you need to solve key programming problems, fast!
Perl for the Web- standalone CGI programs and integration with mod_perl in the Apache Web server.
Key Perl techniques for text handling, text files, networking, and databases. Using the proven Core Series format, this comprehensive introduction and reference gives experienced developers all the techniques and real-world code they need to master Perl -- fast! Start by examining Perl syntax from the perspective of an experienced programmer; learn Perl data types, built-in functions, modules, and object-oriented features. Discover how Perl communicates with the outside world; create network clients and servers; manipulate text and DBM files; and use Perls portable database interface, DBI. Understand key issues of program maintenance and security in Perl environments; then learn how to use Perl as "the duct tape of the Web" -- via CGI scripting, Web clients, Apache mod_perl module programming, templates, and other techniques. For all sysadmins and Web developers who want to use Perl effectively, and already have a background in programming.
Reuven M. Lerner is CEO of Communications Consulting, Ltd., in Haifa, Israel. His company specializes in custom solutions for networking and the Internet.

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  • A complete, tools-based guide for experienced developers!
  • Provides practical techniques for solving real-world programming problems
  • Covers text handling, database manipulation, networking, and much more
  • Also features Perl for the Web: CGI, Apache integration with mod_perl, site publishing, and Web/database applications

The serious developer's guide to Perl!

This start-to-finish tutorial and reference gives experienced developers the techniques and real-world code they need to master Perl—fast! Begin by leveraging your current skills to quickly master the fundamentals of Perl development—from basic syntax to objects, data structures to text processing. Next, learn how to use Perl's powerful facilities for working with files, networks, and relational databases. Finally, Core Perl shows you how to make the most of Perl in any Web application-from simple CGI to full-fledged site development and delivery. Coverage includes all this and more:

  • Data types and built-in functions
  • Writing and using modules
  • Text and DBM file manipulation
  • The DBI portable database interface and Web database integration
  • CGI, Apache mod_perl modules, HTTP cookies, HTML/Perl templates, and more
  • Mason: The Perl-based Web site publishing engine
  • Debugging, program maintenance, optimization, and security

For years, developers worldwide have relied on Perl for fast, flexible solutions to an extraordinary range of problems, from text manipulation and system administration to database access and Web integration. Core Perl gives developers the skills and insight needed to build robust, maintainable, high-performance code—whatever your application.

About the Author

REUVEN M. LERNER has been a Web/database consultant since 1995, specializing in open-source software such as Perl and Linux. He lives with his wife and daughter in Modi'in, Israel.


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I have taught several Perl courses in the past and had used both the "Programming Perl" and "Perl in 21 Days" books for my courses. I have since switched to using "Core Perl" for my Perl courses. "Core Perl" is concise without being terse, well organized, and very thorough in its coverage. This book can be useful to both beginning and advanced Perl programmers. In addition to Perl, the book covers the DBI interface, CGI programming, Mason, and mod_perl, so it is perfect for people that are looking to Perl for building web applications. If you want to learn Perl, or extend your current Perl knowledge, this is the book to get.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you want to bridge the gap between... March 2 2002
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"Learning Perl" and "Perl Cookbook" than buy this book! Although advertised for experienced developers this book has a nice Perl basics starting point.
This is a great companion book to the cookbook, without jumping into 'Accessing Substrings' on page 3 (like the cookbook does.) Lerner warms the reader up with about fifty pages of getting started information that I found to be useful reference material while reading later chapters.
Besides the content of this book, I especially appreciate the style of the book. Effective use of whitespace even Tufte would appreciate which makes the content jump off the page. The use of simple and easy to follow syntax can never be understated especially in this language.
The only fault I could find is a recommendation for the book "Advanced Perl Programming."
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you want to bridge the gap between... March 2 2002
By Kyle Hamar - Published on Amazon.com
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"Learning Perl" and "Perl Cookbook" than buy this book! Although advertised for experienced developers this book has a nice Perl basics starting point.
This is a great companion book to the cookbook, without jumping into 'Accessing Substrings' on page 3 (like the cookbook does.) Lerner warms the reader up with about fifty pages of getting started information that I found to be useful reference material while reading later chapters.
Besides the content of this book, I especially appreciate the style of the book. Effective use of whitespace even Tufte would appreciate which makes the content jump off the page. The use of simple and easy to follow syntax can never be understated especially in this language.
The only fault I could find is a recommendation for the book "Advanced Perl Programming."
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you can only buy one book on Perl, buy this book. Jan. 7 2003
By David Stoddard - Published on Amazon.com
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I have taught several Perl courses in the past and had used both the "Programming Perl" and "Perl in 21 Days" books for my courses. I have since switched to using "Core Perl" for my Perl courses. "Core Perl" is concise without being terse, well organized, and very thorough in its coverage. This book can be useful to both beginning and advanced Perl programmers. In addition to Perl, the book covers the DBI interface, CGI programming, Mason, and mod_perl, so it is perfect for people that are looking to Perl for building web applications. If you want to learn Perl, or extend your current Perl knowledge, this is the book to get.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book Jan. 9 2010
By Ariels - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent Perl book for your collection.
Very well written and easy to understand which is not true of most Perl books.
I usually recommend it to beginning programmers or admins as a great place to start.
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