Learning Perl draws on the expertise of two of the major supporters of this highly flexible language, Randal Schwatrz and Tom Christiansen, to produce an introductory manual which manages to be concise yet informative throughout.
Weighing in at a mere (for a computer manual) 271 pages it achieves admirably what it sets out to do--teach Perl basics and no more. From the introduction to the different variable types through hash arrays, file access, process management and coding for the World Wide Web, it's a well-paced easy-to-understand book which assumes a rudimentary knowledge of programming but no more.
With its multitude of clear examples which help to hammer home the many points made and set exercises at the end of each chapter, it builds knowledge rather than drowning the reader with information as many other books seem to do.
This is the first in a series of books on the subject from O'Reilly Publishing, the others being Programming Perl, Advanced Perl Programming and the Perl Cookbook and it truly is a great introduction to a language which is enthusiastically supported by developers and Web coders worldwide. Well worth a read.
As a trainer, teaching UNIX and PERL, this book is a must. With a well written and easy to follow style it is the perfect teaching guide. Read morePublished on 5 April 2001
Before I read this book, I knew nothing about the Perl programming language. By the time I finished it, I was hooked and needed more! The writing style is fluid and humorous. Read morePublished on 12 Dec. 2000
My girlfriend gave up on this book, and is now happily going through Perl for Dummies, which is a much better book to learn from. Read morePublished on 17 Nov. 2000
Ok for people who understand IT but if dont, do not buy this book. It assumes a knowledge of unix/linux and a good knowledge of previous languages. Read morePublished on 24 April 2000
What Can I say .. This is THE book to buy if you're setting off down the great PERL highwayPublished on 12 April 2000
I read this book in 2 days, downloaded Perl off the Web and began writing programs by day 3. It is a good introduction to Perl which does not require any particular knowledge of... Read morePublished on 10 Nov. 1999
This book has taken me from the non programmer I was and helped me to understand the basics of PERL. This is a great book, everyone who wants to learn PERL should have a copy.Published on 28 Oct. 1999