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Beginning Perl
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1 28654 02-27-2005
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Description: Text takes the reader from installation, through the core language elements (regular expressions, references, modules, and the like), and on to basic applied techniques. Also covers how to access and work with databases in Perl and write CGI scripts to generate Web pages. Perl 5.6 is used in all the examples, and a handy reference section is included.
Keywords: newbie perl programming beginner tutorial
Publisher: Wrox Press
ISBN: 1861003145

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Old 02-27-2005, 06:47 PM   #1
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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10

Pros: Excellent for beginners or programmers new to Perl
Cons: I can't think of any

This 700 page book takes you from the absolute beginning of each Perl concept, to a very good understanding of each. I was frustrated with other Perl books when I found this one (Perl was my first 'real' language), but this was easy to understand and had my quickly writing useful Perl programs. Don't confuse easy to understand with "basic" as this book is quite throrough in its coverage of each concept. It also has an excellent reference section in the back.

I found it best to use the Llama book (Learning Perl) alongside this one. Learning Perl crams the details into a small space and is an excellent refresher for each topic learned in Beginning. The difference between the two is, Beginning is more thorough and includes tons of great examples (even full programs) while Learning has few examples and is better for someone already familiar with programming concepts.

It can be found for free on the net: but is worth purchasing as a reference. There is now a 2nd edition out, but as Simon doesn't appear to be the main writer (and it's 300pgs smaller) I do not know if it would be as effective as this one.


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