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Sams Teach Yourself Perl 5 in 21 Days,2nd 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 in 21 Days covers the basics of Perl in the first few chapters, and then moves on to practical issues of Perl and in-depth discussions of more advanced topics. Later chapters also delve into software engineering topics, with discussions of modular code and object-oriented programming. CGI is covered in one chapter, but it is not the focus on the book. The book relies heavily on longer working examples and code, as opposed to small snippets and code fragments, and 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. Written by Laura Lemay, this is her third major book after Sams Teach Yourself Web Publishing with HTML in 21 Days and Sams Teach Yourself Java in 21 Days.
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
Sams Teach Yourself Perl in 21 Days, Second Edition
Take your skills to the next level!
In just 21 days, you'll learn all the skills you need to easily write, debug, and run your own Perl scripts. Each day's lesson covers a different aspect of Perl in an easy to understand, step-by-step manner, reinforcing the discussion of techniques and concepts with practical working examples.
Widely available on most Unix systems â and becoming more and more popular on Windows and Macintosh platforms â Perl is the language of choice among system administrators, programmers, and Web site developers who need a flexible, quick-to-program language that can be used to rapidly accomplish basic tasks.
Perl can be complex, but with this clearly written, hands-on tutorial, you'll quickly master all the basics, learning how to:
A gentle but thorough introduction to the Perl language and its uses.
Learn how to write, debug, and successfully run Perl scripts.
Add interactivity to Web sites with CGI scripts.
Use Perl to manipulate text and files, and to automate tasks in your operating system.
Discover the latest features of Perl for UnixÂ®, WindowsÂ®, and Mac OSX.
Explore object-oriented programming, Perl modules, and Perl threads.
Laura Lemay is one of the world's most popular authors on Web development topics. She is the author of the best-selling Sams Teach Yourself Java in 21 Days and the groundbreaking Sams Teach Yourself Web Publishing with HTML in a Week. She is known for her ability to clearly explain even the most difficult technical topics, while complementing her discussions with interesting yet practical examples.On the Web Site
The source code for the examples developed in the book can be downloaded from www.samspublishing.com.
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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