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Perl in a Nutshell strives to be a perfect set of socket tools for the active Perl programmer. By and large, it succeeds, providing endless and well-thought-out lists and tables on the language's modules, flags, and extensions. The authors briefly address basic learner's questions--such as the difference between a hash and an array--but these concepts are not the purpose of the book. (Those new to Perl would be better off with others in the O'Reilly Perl series, such as Learning Perl, while programmers making the switch to Perl can pick up the nuances of the language with Programming Perl.) This book is pure Perl reference, briefly covering Perl/Tk (for GUI Perl programs on Unix and Windows 95/NT) and Perl for Win 32.
The authors do start at the very beginning, and even in a self-described "desktop quick reference" find the time to comment on less urgent--but still interesting--Perl-related matters (like how to find online help amidst the "Perl culture"). The format of the book makes sections on topics such as Perl debugging easily understandable, illustrating how to make an interactive and timesaving environment.
Of particular convenience is the outstanding section on the standard Perl modules. A four-page "quick look" allows you to easily scan through short definitions of all the modules and find the entry you're looking for. An index with full definitions for each module follows, showing you how to use each module and providing a more in-depth explanation (and often, examples). Perl in a Nutshell concludes--as you might expect--with an excellent and well-cross-referenced index. --Jennifer Buckendorff --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"In a nutshell, Perl is designed to make the easy jobs easy, without making the hard jobs impossible." -- Larry Wall, creator of PerlSee all Product Description
This is a handy reference, but if you have a limited budget you should probably go with Programming Perl and the Perl Cookbook before this one. Read morePublished on Dec 13 2003 by Jack D. Herrington
I am not a beginning programmer nor am I what you would call an expert. Having a background in PHP made Perl easy to learn, so I didn't need a book that would "teach"... Read morePublished on Sept. 6 2002 by J. Trelfa
This book is full of alphabetical high level descriptions (which are always ambiguous) of Perl language statements with few or no illustrative examples (which always help clear up... Read morePublished on July 24 2002 by Kenneth J. Freed
This book consists of a 150-page Perl manpage, plus a big, fat catalog of Perl packages. It's great for finding out what's available, but once you've spotted your prey and want to... Read morePublished on May 1 2001 by Thomas Hundt
Simaply the best reference book for Perl, I highly recommend this book to new users. Over all this is a nice book to read and I recommend this to all of my collegues and friends.Published on Sept. 11 2000 by S. Ng
Like all of the "Nutshell" series, this book is a detailed language reference with little or no "how to" value. Read morePublished on March 2 2000 by Joseph E. Swanson
Like the other books in the O'Reilly Nutshell series, this is a very good desktop reference to have around. However, I have some small gripes with the book. Read morePublished on Jan. 10 2000 by Douglas Welzel
If you want a quick reference, try the CD on for size, speed, and thoroughness.Published on Nov. 29 1999 by "cyberdr"