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Programming Perl
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2 63998 03-17-2005
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100% of reviewers $30.00 9.5

Description: Perl is a powerful interpreted programming language that has matured steadily since it first appeared in 1988. The first edition of this book, Programming Perl, hit the shelves in 1990, and was quickly adopted as the undisputed Bible of the language. Since then, Perl has grown with the times, and so has this book. Programming Perl provides a unique introduction to the Perl language and its culture, as you might expect only from its authors. This third edition of the book has been expanded to cover version 5.6 of Perl. New topics include threading, the compiler, Unicode, and other features that have been added or improved since the previous edition.
Keywords: Perl Larry Wall
Publisher: O'Reilly & Associates
ISBN: 0596000278

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Old 12-15-2004, 10:00 AM   #1
Registered: Nov 2004
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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: $35.00 | Rating: 9

Pros: easy to read, well structured, comprehensive and in-depth
Cons: not for begginers, sometimes difficult to follow up

I bought this book to learn Perl.
On the good side there is its thoroughness. It covers the perl language quite well and how to explore each element's properties efficiently.
some common pitfalls are shown and it includes examples to show how things should be done and how they shouldn´t.
Chapters are well arranged.

This might not be the best book to start with from zero, since it picks up one language element and then explains everything about it. This way one might take some time until he can program something usefull, or simply get lost in the middle of so many details.
It is an excellent reference to program with Perl and in an efficient manner.
Old 03-17-2005, 05:34 PM   #2
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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: $25.00 | Rating: 10

Pros: Everything you could ever want to know is in here
Cons: Amount of information in the book can be daunting

This is the 3rd Edition of Programming Perl, btw

This book pays for itself in no time. I purchased the book because I had outgrown 'Learning Perl', and needed something more substantial. This is definitely the book to have for all levels of reference. Although the book does teach some basics, the focus is more on all aspects, from beginners to experts. The in-depth index is a major plus, as many tech books fall short here, leaving the reader frustrated.

A number of the reference sections in the latter portion of the book sport black tab markings, which provide quick-and-easy visual locations to, what I feel is, the most used areas of the book. The thickest one helps you to locate the listing of all the built-in Perl functions, in alphabetical order.

The chapter that I give the most props to is Chapter 5. Pattern Matching. This is where I learned how regular expressions work, and it gives tons of examples and explanations to show you how everything is works together.

This book will spoil you. (=



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