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Learning Perl [Paperback]

Randal L. Schwartz

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August 1994 1565920422 978-1565920422 1

Learning Perl is designed for those who seek a rapid working knowledge of Perl. A public domain language, Perl has established itself as the premier UNIX scripting language--replacing facilities such as the shell, sed and awk. It is currently taking root in non-UNIX markets as well.Perl is a high-level, multi-purpose language. It is used in diverse system administration tasks, while also playing an endless variety of roles in other areas. These range from data reduction and report generation to distributed computing and assorted auxiliary roles in software development. Perl has even encroached upon the territory of C and other programming languages.Perl allows the programmer to combine in one script functions that previously had to be divided between the shell, sed, awk, various other UNIX utilities, and C programs. With this breadth of capability, Perl is an extraordinarily powerful and flexible language.Learning Perl, written by a leading Perl instructor, provides a systematic, step-by-step, tutorial approach to learning the language. There are numerous short code examples punctuating a relaxed, informal, and precise tour of all the main features of the language. In addition, each chapter contains exercise problems, together with their solutions. Anyone who works through the book will be capable of programming with a broad and productive range of Perl features. For a comprehensive and detailed guide to advanced programming with Perl, read O'Reilly's companion book, Programming Perl.

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  • Paperback: 274 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (August 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565920422
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565920422
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 1.5 x 23 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,189,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this smooth, carefully paced course, a leading Perl trainer teaches you to program in the language that threatens to make C, sed, awk, and the Unix shell obsolete for many tasks. This book is the "official" guide for both formal (classroom) and informal learning. It is fully accessible to the novice programmer.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Lead-Off to Mastering Perl Aug. 31 1996
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Perl is an absolutely marvellous language for helping system administrators in their task of
handling multi-vendor machines, and is an excellent aid to increasing their laziness by helping
replace cumbersome shell scripts with elegant programs.

This book by Randal Schwartz brings
the novice to Perl programming up to speed quite gently, and shows off the power of Perl in a
clear cut manner. As a precursor to the book "Programming Perl" by Larry Wall, the founder of
Perl, this book is very nice. It starts with the simple Hello World program, and guides
the user through the preliminary stages of Perl as it increases the capability of the program.
Another nice point is the presence of exercises at the end of each
chapter, challenging one to work out the programs and the bugs - an essential ingredient to
learning any computer language. It also helps that Randal provides answers to these exercises.

recommend this book and its companion volume, Programming Perl, very highly.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You have no choice but become an expert Perl Programmer. Oct. 8 1996
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I had to learn Perl in a big hurry to keep my job. Now I am a
web expert with Perl being my favourite. This little, simple and
easy to read book is still my favourite, and has been borrowed
by most of my friends. This book is undoubtedly a "winner".
4.0 out of 5 stars A Hit Jan. 29 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Randal's book is the first thing one should purchase for learning Perl (hence the title.) His style is light but informative and he tells you the things you *need* to know. I made the mistake of starting with Larry Wall's "Programming Perl" (another essential book but has the power to ward off neophytes!) and realized I had to Do-re-mi it and "start from the very beginning....a very good place to start."

If Randal comes out with a new edition which covers the greatly revised version 5 I'll bump the rating up to 9.5!
5.0 out of 5 stars It got me going June 8 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Let me preface my mentioning that I am a
professional c,c++,unix,AWK programmer
(Not to toot my horn, but to give the reader a
point of reference).
I stared reading at 10:00, an was writin' some
small programs by 11:00. It had a lot of
simple, but useful examples (I don't mind if the
author uses his/her name in examples,
Kind of makes it a little more personal)
I have read many BAD computer books.
This is not one of those. I was able to learn
from this book, and that gives it a
BUY IT in my book. (I enjoyed it)
5.0 out of 5 stars Learn the most widely used scripting langauge for the Web! Sept. 5 1996
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Perl is the most widely used scripting langauge for the World Wide Web and Randal L. Schwartz is a wiz when it comes to providing clear consise explanations for this coolest of langauges. If you are serious about configuration management, or getting data from forms on the World Wide Web, you owe it to yourself to start Learning Perl with this great guru!

For sanity's sake though, skip chapter 1 until after you've read through chapter 7.

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