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Beginning Perl (Programmer to Programmer) [Paperback]

Simon Cozens
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1 Jun 2000 1861003145 978-1861003140
Perl is an immensely popular scripting language that combines the best features of C, key UNIX utilities and a powerful use of regular expressions. It has a wide range of uses beyond simple text processing and is commonly used for web programming - creating and parsing CGI forms, validating HTML syntax and hyperlinks - as well as e-mail and Usenet news filtering.

Perl is increasingly the system administrator's scripting language of choice and is used for file and directory manipulation, database access and a whole range of daily system operator chores.


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  • Paperback: 700 pages
  • Publisher: WROX Press Ltd (1 Jun 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861003145
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861003140
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 18.5 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 507,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book promotes the use of Perl as a programming language, encouraging the creation of legible and sensible programs so as to dispel the image of Perl as a confusing and obscure language. In other words: Don't worry, whatever your current experience level in the world of Perl, this book has something for you.

It covers both basic and advanced aspects of Perl, Apache modPerl and Perlscript for use with Wintel systems and stresses the cross-platform nature of Perl, with extensive examples and techniques.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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This book gives an excellent grounding in Perl, assuming little prior programming knowledge. The chapter on regular expressions is especially lucid and clear. For learning how to write standalone perl applications this is fine. It would be nice perhaps to have a more systematic summary of data structures and refererence syntax though. However once the book starts covering Perl applied to databases, oo-perl, cgi scripting etc
the book is suddenly written with much higher expectations of the knowledge of the reader. For CGI scripting the CGI scripting 101 by Jaqueline HAmilton is more comprehensive and easier to follow.
Nevertheless if your budget doesn't stretch to buying several of the o'reilly perl books this book will get you to a stage where you can develop quite complicated programs.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice! 29 May 2001
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Very good book if you're interested in learning Perl/CGI. I've been very pleased with all of the Wrox books I've read (Beginning PHP4 is highly recommended). It goes through the whole language and everything is clearly explained. I'd say the best way too learn Perl/CGI :)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book 20 Feb 2013
By Victor
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Very good book if you're interested in learning Perl/CGI. I've been very pleased with all of the Wrox books I've read (Beginning PHP4 is highly recommended). It goes through the whole language and everything is clearly explained. I'd say the best way too learn Perl/CGI :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cozens is the man 11 July 2005
By Daniel Harper - Published on Amazon.com
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There is a second edition by the same title coming out, but without Simon Cozen listed as an author. Cannot say whether the 2nd edition is any good, but the out-of-print 1st edition is excellent. The first edition can be found online. I believe Simon is going to take a break from writing for a while. I hope he finds his way back to writing about Perl eventually.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great way to learn PERL 5.61 21 Feb 2002
By MrBios - Published on Amazon.com
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Update 02-26-2010: I threw this book out a few months ago even though it had all my notes written on the pages. I wish I had it back. I would downloaded and would like to learn the new est version. There aren't many books on the shelf for computers anymore - especially for programming. I still feel perl is a great language for digging data our of log files etc.

Update 04-24-08: I will likely be dusting this book off and bring it in to work. The notes I wrote in it make it invaluable to me. There is a new version too. UltraEdit is a great text editor and only costs $50 for the latest and greatest text version of the program.

I spent a year with the book and went through almost every chapter in detail. I typed in nearly every chapter, wrote notes in the book, etc.

It's not perfect and falls a little short occasionally in the area of being pro-active. By this I mean there are some areas where the author could have emphasized things a bit more.

Also, he makes it seem like learning PERL is a breeze. I found it a lot of work after spending 2000 hrs with the book. I can can code pretty well and consider myself an intermediate non-professional. This language is an outstanding way to learning advanced programming techniques common to all languages. It is also something I will use as I move from windows 2k/xp to Mac OS X Tiger - which has perl built in and is accessible through the Terminal.app window.

Bottom line: if you have a need to manipulate text based data files or even excel - since there are many plugins for Perl or want to do Web cgi scripts this is a great book although it does not focus on web applications but primarily on the building blocks of text manipulation and general programming fundamentals, loops, statements, troubleshooting, etc you cannot go wrong with this book. Also, don't be fooled by its size. It is the right size instead of a giant telephone book that you will never read like most programming books. Also, much more helpful for learning than the Perl in a nutshell classic O'reilly book.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best manuals 13 Feb 2007
By J. Hughes - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been a part-time Perl coder over the last ten years and have around 15 Perl and Perl related manuals. I purchased this book back in 2000 and still use it today. When I compare my other manuals with this one, there is really no comparison. The book has a way of explaining and using examples to direct the user to create basic yet effective working perl scripts. Far too many Perl manuals jump from the very basic examples to more advanced topics leaving many stones unturned. When I compare other Perl manuals covering the same topics Cozen's covers, I ask myself,

"how could the other writers not include this essential information?" This an essential Perl reference for the beginner or experienced user. I just wish this had been my first Perl rather than my fifteenth.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book for beginner to Perl 5 Feb 2012
By spidermick - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent book for someone who is just starting with Perl. Does help if you have some programming experience.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic introduction, sadly out of print. 6 Nov 2011
By Odd Bodd - Published on Amazon.com
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A very, very good introduction to Perl, with plenty of exercises with solution! (critical for learning a new language. It is such a shame that it's out of print.
Unfortunately, it doesn't cover the Perl debugger in any depth. Despite the fact that coverage is a bit old, it is quite adequate to get started and be very comfortable with the language. I wish it was available on Kindle.
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