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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 2 edition (27 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144939311X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449393113
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.3 x 23.3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 594,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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brian d foy is a prolific Perl trainer and writer, and runs The Perl Review to help people use and understand Perl through educational, consulting, code review, and more. He's a frequent speaker at Perl conferences. He's the co-author of Programming Perl, Learning Perl, Intermediate Perl, and Effective Perl Programming, and the author of Mastering Perl. He was been an instructor and author for Stonehenge Consulting Services from 1998 to 2009, a Perl user since he was a physics graduate student, and a die-hard Mac user since he first owned a computer. He founded the first Perl user group, the New York Perl Mongers, as well as the Perl advocacy nonprofit Perl Mongers, Inc., which helped form more than 200 Perl user groups across the globe. He maintains several modules on CPAN and some stand-alone scripts.

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Creating Professional Programs with Perl

About the Author

brian d foy is a prolific Perl trainer and writer, and runs The Perl Review to help people use and understand Perl through educational, consulting, code review, and more. He's a frequent speaker at Perl conferences. He's the co-author of Learning Perl, Intermediate Perl, and Effective Perl Programming, and the author of Mastering Perl. He was been an instructor and author for Stonehenge Consulting Services from 1998 to 2009, a Perl user since he was a physics graduate student, and a die-hard Mac user since he first owned a computer. He founded the first Perl user group, the New York Perl Mongers, as well as the Perl advocacy nonprofit Perl Mongers, Inc., which helped form more than 200 Perl user groups across the globe. He maintains the perlfaq portions of the core Perl documentation, several modules on CPAN, and some stand-alone scripts.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Fun and easy to read, has useful concrete examples and short enough code to comprehend 27 Feb. 2014
By A. Zubarev - Published on Amazon.com
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What can be better than getting a book from a renowned author (of at least two other books), a Perl committer, contributor and a person who teaches it, too? Impossible to answer, impossible to beat.

A few words on the raise and… I do not believe there is a fall of Perl, but you may disagree. Perl, even outside of the CGI programming, is still very much alive and… you can do a lot in it! I also see it as a powerful data, text manipulation and processing platform (built-in RegEx, not to speak of the power of CPAN).

The book rocks, even thought I am almost new (I used to write quite a few short-liners in my life under Linux, but they were mostly for some subtle text processing) to Perl. The book does not limit you to exploring the subject as it is represented in the book. Even as you progress through, actually, the book has list of references to other books and supplementary material at the end of each chapter. The material covers numerous advanced topics from how would you debug a Perl program using various debuggers, profile it, clean to how to write your own modules and ultimately contribute to the success of the language. It’s fun and easy to read, has useful concrete examples and short enough code to comprehend.

To my dismay, just upon starting reading this book I realized I picked one of the most advanced ones. So be aware dear Perl explorer, if you are not yet at a Yellow Belt level in Perl you are going to be trained for the Black one with this book. So before late, you may want to acquire either the Learning Perl book and/or Intermediate Perl (from brian, yes in lower case Smile, as is in the webpage of the book itself, even though I would print it in all capital letters), depends what belt you are wearing.

The only few weak points in my humble opinion are:

No coverage for creating charts, graphs
No serious RDBMS interoperability shown, or the use of ORM
As it concerns of me, I need to go get one of the lover level books, but I am giving this book a passing mark of 5 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimer: I received this book for free as part of the O’Reilly Blogger Reviewer Program.

PS: Full review is at http://goo.gl/IVPFbA
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The book it's fine, but after 15 years of Perl experience... I should recommend some others. 7 Nov. 2014
By Cuello Felix - Published on Amazon.com
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Mastering Perl is a book that shows what you can do with Perl in some twisted scenarios. I found myself skipping some topics or sections because I realized that I won't use those things in my life.
However chapters are good, and it closes the trylogy "Learning Perl" , "Intermediate Perl", "Mastering Perl".

I found myself better to read "Programmin Perl", "Advanced Perl Programming", "Perl Cookbook" (all these three from O'Reilly) and then to read "Modern Perl", which is a very good book, because it teaches you how to write programs using Modern Perl (i.e. using Moose), which I found that is a must.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
An excellent end to the Perl trilogy 7 May 2014
By A reader - Published on Amazon.com
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This books continues the excellent series "Learning Perl" (the Llama Book) and "Intermediate Perl" (the Alpaca Book) that foy co-authored with Schwartz and Phoenix. There is, however, a marked difference between "Mastering Perl" and its two predecessors. Mastering Perl, besides explaining some material, gives guidelines and resources the reader can use to master the language. At the level the book is aimed, this is a very positive asset, that is, foy teaches how to learn Perl.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Five Stars 5 Sept. 2014
By Nahatz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Very good reference, definitely belongs on my book shelf.
1 of 19 people found the following review helpful
It's an excellent book. 17 Mar. 2014
By dinglin - Published on Amazon.com
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It's an excellent book. It's version two. I don't have read it. But I have read "learning perl" & "Intermediate perl" which are good books.
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