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Effective Perl Programming: Writing Better Programs with Perl [Paperback]

Joseph N. Hall , Randal Schwartz
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Dec 30 1997 0201419750 978-0201419757 1
T he book on Perl that experienced Perl programmers have been looking for, Effective Perl Programming explains idiomatic Perl, covering the latest release (Version 5).

Includes information and useful examples about the structure, functions, and latest capabilities of the language, such as self-documenting object-oriented modules
Learn from Hall's answers to "real life" questions and problems he receives from newsgroups and his Perl seminars.
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Effective Perl Programming is a gem of a Perl book. Its author, Joseph Hall, is a well-known Perl instructor and frequent poster on the seminal comp.lang.perl.misc newsgroup. The book's technical editor is none other than Randal Schwartz, noted Net personality and enigmatic author of Learning Perl.

Hall has distilled his years of Perl experience into a book for Perl programmers that is both fluid and fun to read. It's somewhat like reading the Perl FAQ; even when you think you know everything, there's so much you don't know.

Effective Perl Programming has a clear layout: the text is easy on the eyes and the mono-spaced font makes a clear distinction between backticks and single quotes. Hall uses his PEGS (Perl Graphical Structures) notation to show the difference between Perl's different types of data structures and how everything ties together.

Packed with great examples and code snippets, this book is an excellent source of tips and tricks to make your Perl programs faster and easier to read. You'll also find a strong section on using the Perl debugger to improve your Perl programming skills. In yet another section, Hall walks the reader through the creation of a complete XS module that can boost the performance of array shuffling eight-fold. All in all, this is a great book for programmers who want to move beyond plain, verbose Perl toward a more succinct and powerful coding style. --Jake Bond

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Perl is an amazingly powerful language that is especially useful for web work with Common Gateway Interfaces. This is not a book for beginners but for people who have some experience being confused by Perl. Hall discusses namespace, regular expressions, references, packages, and object-oriented programming. The goal of this book is not to write clear, legible, slightly verbose Perl code but "toward something more succinct and individualistic."
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent March 21 2004
As a previous reviewer said, this isn't a book for advanced perl programmers. For intermediate users, however, it is excellent. No time wasted covering the perl basics, just lots of useful tips and hacks
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3.0 out of 5 stars Just couldn't get into it Jan. 24 2004
There isn't realy anything wrong with this book per se. It does have some good ideas for Perl programming.
I just didn't find it very interesting or even that useful. I stopped reading half way through.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential stuff you won't find in manuals Jan. 20 2004
The authors are long-time professional Perl trainers and it clearly shows: the selection of material, organization and presentation style are honed and distilled to be worth paying for hourly. The book is well-balanced beteween theory and practice being divided into several thematical chapters each starting with a short intoduction followed by concrete receipes, accompanied with examples. It's also very usable as a reference as receipes are clearly named and easy to find.
If you got a basic hang of Perl and are starting to love it, get this book now. This is a rare one, teaching Perl beyond syntax and common module usage.
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4.0 out of 5 stars lightweight Aug. 6 2003
By A Customer
Well written, succinct, no fat. Material is too simple for CS or Perl experts or for advanced readers who want a deeper look under the covers. Covers a broad swath of perl issues in a very shallow manner. Pricy for the skinny size of the book -- I read it over 4 days before going to bed. Not much of a reference. Good starting point for many ideas and other more specialized books and online docs.
I wanted to give it 3*. But I am not the intended audience since I have nearly 10 years of professional experience in Perl. I wish I borrowed a copy or read it in the book store. For someone with 6 months to 2 years of Perl experience it could be a good book to kick you up to the next level of Perl.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A little more in-depth. May 21 2003
This book covers some cool tricks and tips and more efficient coding than some of the other Perl books. Few books I believe actually add to your knowledge and offer ideas and inspiration. For a Perl book after you've got some experience--or even not--this one's pretty good.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Write more perl-ish perl April 23 2003
I started writing perl around ten years ago, and at the time my perl looked a lot like the c code I wrote in 1990.. or the FORTRAN code I wrote in 1975! And so it was for many years.
But this book, more than any other, helped turn me into an actual perl programmer. It covers the basics- things like 'use "$_" implcitly whenever possible, but don't refer to it explicitly if you don't have to'. There's a good description of slurp mode. And it covers those neat little tricks, like using:
to return the greater of two scalars.
It's not a book for the absolute beginner. But once you've written a few programs and start wondering why your perl doesn't look like that written by the perl gurus, this is the book to get.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful April 9 2003
By A Customer
Very useful tips and techniques. Whether you need help dealing with Perl's "idiosyncrasies" or making your Perl code run more efficiently, you'll love this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars essential reading for the serious perl programmer April 8 2003
Perl starts out as a world unto its own, full of strange symbols, it is shrouded in a world of mystery and obfusaction (or not :) ).
Admit it, part of the charm of perl is writing some obscure JAPH one-liner, being able to get 'shebang' jokes, and knowing what the heck $$->a->razzle()->dazzle might actually accomplish.
But how to get there? You've probably read the Llama and the Camel. You've probably got some bigh honkin scripts out there doing some heavy lifting. Heck, you may have cobbled a RegEx together that unravels the Necronmicon. All this and yet....
Odds are you came from a C-ish or similar background and you realize that you're still writing C or Java, but in Perl.
This book is the Emerillian kick to the next level. Realizing that languages, Perl especially, have idioms, best practices, standards, Hall acquanints you with them.
Just as children are baffled by "a fork in the road" you may find handy idioms like my ($b) = ($a=~m,(^\w+?),) something you have to look up, or memorize -- but later you'll realize that you *needed that* phrase in order to round out your vocabulary (just like a 'fork in tho road').
Hall also makes good suggestions that will help make your code tighter, helping your banish overuse of globals (impossible for someone else to maintain). He teaches you to document and follow standards.
this book was critical in my development form perl-plateaud and stymied, to perl-proficient.
Thanks Hall!
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