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Wicked Cool Perl Scripts Useful Perl Scripts That Solve Difficult Problems

by Steve Oualline

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About.com Guide to Perl, May 22, 2006
"A book about kick-starting your programming imagination . . . [it] will get you thinking about . . . creating practical solutions to your problems."

Library Journal Reviews, May 1, 2006
"Exemplifies the practical approach, highlighting utilities that make readers' computing and online lives easier."

O’Reilly.net, April 24, 2006
"Provides excellent and useful scripts to do the specific things the author intends them to be used for."

Free Software Magazine, April 20, 2006
"This is not your typical Perl book . . . great for a Perl programmer who has a flair for unique issues."

Book Description
Most Perl programmers have been frustrated at one time or another because the system just wouldn't do what they wanted it to do. There was that one simple and obvious utility that was missing that would make life so much easier: A tool to get a stock quote, show off a photograph collection, or even display a collection of favorite comics. Wicked Cool Perl Scripts is about writing those utilities quickly and easily. A collection of handy utilities that solves difficult problems, Wicked Cool Perl Scripts is a great resource for the savvy Perl programmer.

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You can do a lot of strange and wonderful things with the Perl language—if you know how. Many Perl programmers have been frustrated at one time or another because the system was missing some simple and obvious utility. Wicked Cool Perl Scripts is your guide to writing those utilities quickly and easily.

This book contains a wide variety of scripts including ones that make use of really cool Perl features (see script #1 Automatic Help Option) and Internet data mining (try script #18 Getting Stock Quotes or script #19 Comics Download).

It also contains games (like Teaching a Toddler, script #35), programs to make system administration easier (such as Mass File Renaming, script #21), and even a program to help someone hiking the Grand Canyon (script #42 Location Finder).

Even the most experienced programmer can benefit from script #46 the Regular Expression Grapher which shows you how a complex expression like /^.*(a|b|c).+$/ can be made into a simple, easily understood graph.

If you’re a Perl programmer who wants to learn the ins and outs as well as the hidden corners of the language, Wicked Cool Perl Scripts will show you simple and elegant hacks as well as some extreme examples of power programming. With Wicked Cool Perl Scripts in hand, you’ll be doing things you never even thought possible in Perl. You’ll be using the language to do real work, of course, but you’ll also be producing wickedly cool programs.

About the Author
Steve Oualline has been a programmer for 35 years. He is the author of many best-selling computer books, including Practical C Programming (O'Reilly), Practical C++ Programming (O'Reilly), and How Not to Program in C++ (No Starch Press).



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