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Teach Yourself Perl 5 in 21 Days, Second Edition
by David Till
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A great book for beginning programmers who want to learn Perl. Filled with concrete examples and, yes, by using this book you will be able to write good Perl code on your own in 21 days. But no perlson is an island, and there is no single book that covers Perl completely, so we recommend that you also get Programming Perl, which is better at providing the language specifications, and, in fact, was written by the author of Perl.
Sams Teach Yourself Perl 5 in 21 Days is the ideal book for beginner and intermediate level users who want to gain a solid understanding of this programming language. Using step-by-step tutorials, you'll learn everything you need to know about this popular programming language. Discover how to manipulate text, generate reports, and perform system tasks. Through practical, hands-on instructions, logically organized lessons, and helpful Q&A sections, you'll master Perl functions and concepts and be developing robust programs in no time. Plus, Do/Don't boxes show you how to avoid potential programming pitfalls, illustrations explain constructs such as associative arrays, and tables serve as handy references.
The clearest, best-written Perl tutorial on the market. Provides step-by-step lessons for one of the most popular languages used in Web programming. Written in a straightforward, easy-to-understand style with numerous useful and complete code examples. Updated and revised to cover Perl 5.6 and 5.7, and to improve and refine the book's organization, examples, and explanations. Sams Teach Yourself Perl in 21 Days, 2nd Edition covers the basics in the first few chapters, and then moves to practical uses of Perl and in-depth discussions of more advanced topics. Later chapters delve into software engineering topics, with discussions of modular code and object-oriented programming. Sams Teach Yourself Perl in 21 Days, 2nd Edition relies heavily on longer working examples and code, as opposed to small snippets and code fragments. Each chapter includes two to three smaller complete examples and one major one that illustrates most of the concepts for that chapter and builds on the chapters before it. Laura Lemay is one of the world's most popular authors on Web development topics. She is known for her ability to clearly explain even the most difficult technical topics, while complementing her discussions with interesting yet practical examples. Other books by Laura Lemay include Sams Teach Yourself Java in 21 Days, 0-672-31958-6 and Sams Teach Yourself Web Publishing with HTML in 21 Days, 0-672-31725-7.
Tutorial and reference starts with the basics and then builds upon them. Through various teaching elements, users learn how to manipulate text, generate reports, and perform system tasks using the Perl language. Assumes no prior programming knowledge or experience. Beginner's guide. Softcover.
From the Publisher
Perl is a powerful and convenient tool for manipulating text, generating reports, performing system tasks, and programming the Internet. This book introduces new and experienced programmers to the world of Perl and teaches all major aspects of this powerful programming language. - No previous programming experience is required
- Explores the old and new features of Perl and Perl 5
- Teaches Internet programming with Perl 5
Teach Yourself Perl in 21 Days will cover the basics in the first few chapters, and then move to practical uses of Perl and in-depth discussions of more advanced topics. Later chapters will also delve into software engineering topics, with discussions of modular code and object-oriented programming. CGI will be covered in one chapter, but will not be the focus of the book. Teach Yourself Perl will rely heavily on longer working examples and code, as opposed to small snippets and code fragments. Each chapter will include two to three smaller complete examples and one major one that illustrates most of the concepts for that chapter and builds on the chapters before it.
About the Author
Laura Lemay is a member of the gregarious, brightly colored species of computer-book author known as tutorialis prolificus. Although she has been spotted writing in the wild for numerous years, more public sightings have occurred frequently since 1995, including several versions of Sams Teach Yourself HTML, Sams Teach Yourself Java in 21 Days, and The Official Marimba Guide to Castanet.
When not writing books, her primary habitat is in Northern California. Should you encounter her in person, do not make any sudden movements. Further field notes may be found at http://www.lne.com/lemay/.
Rafe Colburn is a programmer and author working in North Carolina. His previous books include Sams Teach Yourself CGI in 24 Hours and Special Edition Using SQL. He also has a Web site at http://rc3.org that he updates often, and can be reached at email@example.com.
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