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Win32 Perl Programming: The Standard Extensions (2nd Edition) [Paperback]

Dave Roth
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Sept. 10 2001 157870216X 978-1578702169 2

This book is a guide to Perl¿s most common Win32 extensions, grouped by their functionality. The new edition updates coverage from Perl 5.05 to current Perl version 5.6. It also includes new chapters offering critical, badly-needed information regarding security for Win32Perl, the topic most highly requested by reviewers. The appendices have descriptions and syntax of each function in the extensions covered. Each chapter makes extensive use of code segments to illustrate the use of specific functions and real world scenarios in which these functions can be used.


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Core Perl is an incredibly powerful programming language that has proved a major hit with the Unix and Windows programming community. Add a whole heap of plug-in modules, and it raises the language to a whole new level of usability and usefulness.

In this excellent volume, author Dave Roth (who, coincidentally, is a prolific Win32 Perl module writer) thoroughly documents and explains the standard extensions, gathering for the first time all of the information vital to squeezing the best from these freeware ad-ins.

From ODBC to user authentication over networks and even playing .wav files, there's something here to interest anyone using Perl on a Windows-based platform. Roth even explains the intricacies of using the Win32::API module to access dynamic-link libraries (DLLs) directly--powerful stuff, indeed.

Backed up by dozens of useful code snippets and examples, this is such a useful book that no self-respecting Win/Perl hacker should be without it. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This book is a guide to Perl¿s most common Win32 extensions, grouped by their functionality. The new edition updates coverage from Perl 5.05 to current Perl version 5.6. It also includes new chapters offering critical, badly-needed information regarding security for Win32Perl, the topic most highly requested by reviewers. The appendices have descriptions and syntax of each function in the extensions covered. Each chapter makes extensive use of code segments to illustrate the use of specific functions and real world scenarios in which these functions can be used.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best book for the Win32 Libraries March 19 2004
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Win32 Perl Programming: The Standard Extensions is, without question, the best scripting book I have ever owned. It has a partner book, "Win32 Perl Scripting: The Administrators Handbook" and between the 2 of them I can pretty well complete any task I need to using Perl. Some of the modules have been slightly updated since the 2nd edition, but a quick look at cpan will solve any of those rare situations. I cannot recommend this book enough if your a Windows Administrator and have ever wondered if Perl could be benifical to your evironment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have in your Perl library June 28 2002
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If you are doing Windows programming, and you've been suffering through trying to figure out how to enumerate the machines and users in your domain(s), change passwords, gather accounting information, etc., then you MUST have this book. And you should probably book mark the author's homepage,..., as it has a slew of programs and utilities.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Biblical Epic of Win32 Perl Programming Sept. 11 2001
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All I can say about this book, is that when I teach Perl courses for Learning Tree, I always take out about five minutes from the course to thoroughly recommend this book to all of our NT administrators, other users of Win32 Perl and anyone else who happens to be in the vicinity. I've found it absolutely essential in the last year or so, on many occasions, and carry it with me on every assigment, come rain, snow or shine, along with "Advanced Perl", "The Perl Cookbook" and "Programming Perl". I use it as more of a reference, than as a tutorial, but basically it's a lifesaver. Recommendation: Buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is the rest of the story June 30 2000
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This book has cleared up a lot of mysteries about Win32 specific topics. Made using Win32 extensions easy. Great examples. Just be aware that this cannot be your only PERL book on the shelf. This is about interfacing with the Win32 platform, not really about how to program in PERL. You'll also need a more general PERL programming book such as "PERL by Example", if you're just starting out. I've got both and am constantly bouncing between them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A most valuable resource May 31 2000
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This book does one thing and does it well: It documents and thoroughly explains the Win32 API available in Perl 5.005. Anyone contemplating using Perl for administrative tasks in the Windows environment would do well to add a copy of this book to his or her Perl bookshelf.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable reference March 10 2000
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I agree that there are a few typos - but as other reviews have pointed out, most are obvious.
In addition, you won't find more clear or concise examples of how to use the Win32 extensions. The first 3 hours I had the book clarified at least a dozen of the things I had been trying to "learn" from examples on the web.
Like I said, if NT admin and perl are your things - you need this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great resource for the Win32 platform Jan. 18 2000
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I bought this book simply because no other book addresses the use of Automation(OLE) from within Perl in as much detail. The O'Reilly "Learning Perl on Win32" has a small chapter but doesn't give as much detail or examples as this book does. Much to my delight after I was finished with this section, the other sections that deal with processes and writing your own extensions were immensely helpful. The custom extension section contains detailed explanation and coverage of many pitfalls that the author has obviously painfully discovered over time. This is definitely worth having on your shelf if you're using Perl on Win32!
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5.0 out of 5 stars a practical guide Dec 26 1999
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I found only a few books dealing with the WIN32 extensions of PERL and after reading only parts of the book I am already impressed since this is not some theoretical book like many others but also deals with an overview about perl and how it's extensions in general work. He explains and lists the most common tasks like network administration, OLE, data access and so on. I didn't know PERL was able to accomplish so many goals when used with Windows NT. Looks better than O'REILLYs "Learning PERL on WIN32 systems" to me ... So: Forget ASP - Go PERL !
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