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Perl For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

Paul Hoffman
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Book Description

In the days before personal computers, BASIC was the easy programming language to learn, and serious programmers learned FORTRAN or COBOL to do “real work.” Today, many people have discovered that Perl is both a great beginning programming language and one that enables them to write powerful programs with little effort.

If you’re interested in discovering how to program (or how others program), Perl For Dummies, 4th Edition, is for you. If you already know something about programming (but not about Perl), this book is also for you. If you’re already an expert programmer, you’re still welcome to read this book; you can just skip the basic stuff (you never know what kind of new tips and tricks you’ll pick up).

This reference guide shows you how to use Perl under many different operating systems, such as UNIX, many flavors of Windows (Windows 95/98, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows Me, and Windows XP), and Macintosh OS 9 and OS X; in fact, Perl runs on many more operating systems than these.

Here's a sampling of what Perl For Dummies, 4th Edition, has to offer:

  • Installing Perl on various platforms
  • Nailing down the basics of building Perl programs
  • Working with text and numbers
  • Constructing lists and working with them
  • Creating conditionals and loops
  • Delving into more advanced features such as operators and functions
  • Reading and writing files and directories
  • Using subroutines for modularity
  • Demystifying Web server programs
  • Creating your own Internet clients

The Perl programming language enables you to write fully working computer programs with just a few steps. It’s particularly good at common programming tasks, such as reading and writing text files, but it also excels at reducing the work that programmers have to do. Perl For Dummies, 4th Edition, shows you how to do all of that and how to modify programs to your heart’s content. After all, one of the common phrases in the world of Perl programmers is, “There's more than one way to do it.”

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From the Back Cover

Get the scoop on new utilities, mod—perl, and more

The fun and easy way to start programming with Perl’s newest features

So you’ve decided to take the plunge into Perl programming? Relax! Perl is easy to understand, especially with this helpful guide to walk you through the basics. Soon, you’ll be feeling the power as you explore CGI, database programming, and topics like using Perl with Mac OSX or with XML.

The Dummies Way

  • Explanations in plain English
  • "Get in, get out" information
  • Icons and other navigational aids
  • Tear–out cheat sheet
  • Top ten lists
  • A dash of humor and fun

About the Author

Paul Hoffman has written and contributed to numerous Internet standards. He s a 20–year Internet veteran and the author of more than a dozen computer books.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Explains the basics excellently 12 Mar. 2000
By A Customer
An excellent introduction for those with no programming experience. The author does a great job of taking you through the fundamentals of Perl and explains *every* command with an example. Bit by bit you can start to see how everything ties in.
I have read other 'Perl for Beginners' books but none come close to the clarity achieved in this book. The author does a particularly good job in remembering that the reader is an absolute beginner whilst still delivering the goods.
Clearly written and explained and entertaining too - a great 'first-step' in learning the language.
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3.0 out of 5 stars What it says on the tin 29 Jan. 2002
This is actually a reasonable textbook. But out the horrible alliteration, the naff jokes and titles, and you actually have a book that does teach you the basics of perl very quickly. The CGI elements are rather poor and if you really want a book that will teach you substantive perl go somewhere else. If you just want to hack about with a few simple scripts though, this book is fine. I quite liked it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent place to start 2 Nov. 2000
By A Customer
Despite having no experience in programming, I was able to grasp the fundamentals of programming in Perl very easily due to the book's excellent pace. By the time I had reached the end of the book, I had begun creating interactive web pages using Perl & CGI (which it only covers briefly). I found I had to buy a couple of other books in order to get more information on CGI & Perl though.
This book is a good place to start, nothing more, nothing less.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for beginners 26 Feb. 2005
By A Customer
This is the best book for starting to learn PERL. I started with this one a long time back and I make my students start with this one. You get to do useful things very quickly and more importantly, the possibilites become very apparent. It also makes a good reference for day to day procedural programming.
Advanced PERL is not touched, which I think is a good thing. So, if you are looking for things like data structures or references or object oriented PERL you will need other books. Other more advanced books will be easier to understand after you have read this one.
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