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Perl Fundamentals LiveLessons (video Training) [Paperback]

Peter Scott


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9 Mar 2009 0137001274 978-0137001279 1
<>Perl Fundamentals

Peter Scott

The Basic Elements of Perl Every Developer Should Learn

 

4+ Hours

of Video Instruction

 

In this unique video package, renowned Perl author and speaker Peter Scott takes you through the fundamental elements of the Perl 5 language so that you have a strong foundation for creating robust Perl programs and learning more advanced aspects of the language.

 

Even if you’ve never run a Perl program before, you’ll learn what you need to know to get started on every popular platform. Scott advances through the language in a logical progression, from the basics of printing strings to the use of regular expressions for pattern matching and text manipulation. In between, he covers the core components of the language, demonstrating through many examples exactly how each one works. In the final lesson, he shows the power of Perl’s objects and modules for writing web programs. A uniquely valuable aspect of this video is Scott’s demonstrations of many common pitfalls and how to avoid them. You’ll learn a carefully crafted subset of the language that enables you to create powerful, robust programs while avoiding the traps that can result from learning Perl in the wrong sequence.

 

These practical, easy-to-use videos allow you to get the multimedia experience of a live instructor at your own pace—whenever you want. You get the benefit of Scott’s expertise as a decade-long Perl trainer and author of Perl Medic and Perl Debugged at your fingertips, so you can get started on mastering Perl. After a few hours with this DVD, you will be gaining entry into the market of thousands of jobs managing millions of lines of Perl, the world’s most popular scripting language.

 

Looking for a better way to master today’s rapidly changing technologies? Want expert help, but don’t have the time or energy to read a book? Can’t find classroom training worth the money? Discover LiveLessons: self-paced, personal video instruction from the world’s leading experts.

 

  • LiveLessons are video courses, on DVD with a book supplement, that are organized into bite-sized, self-contained sessions—you’ll learn key skills in as little as 15 minutes!
  • Each session begins with well-defined learning objectives so you know exactly what you will learn in the lesson.
  • Follow along as your instructor shows exactly how to get great results in your real-world environment.

 

Peter Scott is the author of Perl Medic (2004) and Perl Debugged (2001), both from Addison-Wesley. A graduate of Cambridge University and former Jet Propulsion Laboratory developer, he’s been a Perl trainer since 1998 and taught Perl at top institutions as well as at prominent conferences such as the Open Source Conference and Software Development Expo. He lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife Grace, two cats, and a loud parrot, and enjoys kayaking.

 

System Requirements

  • Operating System: Windows 98, 2000, XP, Vista, or Mac OS X

  • Multimedia: DVD drive, 1280 x 960 or higher display, and sound card with speakers

  • Computer: 500MHz or higher, 128MB RAM or more

 

 

 

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In this unique video package, renowned Perl author and speaker Peter Scott takes you through the fundamental elements of the Perl 5 language so that you have a strong foundation for creating robust Perl programs and learning more advanced aspects of the language.


Even if you’ve never run a Perl program before, you’ll learn what you need to know to get started on every popular platform. Scott advances through the language in a logical progression, from the basics of printing strings to the use of regular expressions for pattern matching and text manipulation. In between, he covers the core components of the language, demonstrating through many examples exactly how each one works. In the final lesson, he shows the power of Perl’s objects and modules for writing web programs. A uniquely valuable aspect of this video is Scott’s demonstrations of many common pitfalls and how to avoid them. You’ll learn a carefully crafted subset of the language that enables you to create powerful, robust programs while avoiding the traps that can result from learning Perl in the wrong sequence.

 

These practical, easy-to-use videos allow you to get the multimedia experience of a live instructor at your own pace—whenever you want. You get the benefit of Scott’s expertise as a decade-long Perl trainer and author of Perl Medic and Perl Debugged at your fingertips, so you can get started on mastering Perl. After a few hours with this DVD, you will be gaining entry into the market of thousands of jobs managing millions of lines of Perl, the world’s most popular scripting language.

 

Looking for a better way to master today’s rapidly changing technologies? Want expert help, but don’t have the time or energy to read a book? Can’t find classroom training worth the money? Discover LiveLessons: self-paced, personal video instruction from the world’s leading experts.

 

  • LiveLessons are video courses, on DVD with a book supplement, that are organized into bite-sized, self-contained sessions—you’ll learn key skills in as little as 15 minutes!
  • Each session begins with well-defined learning objectives so you know exactly what you will learn in the lesson.
  • Follow along as your instructor shows exactly how to get great results in your real-world environment.

 

Peter Scott is the author of Perl Medic (2004) and Perl Debugged (2001), both from Addison-Wesley. A graduate of Cambridge University and former Jet Propulsion Laboratory developer, he’s been a Perl trainer since 1998 and taught Perl at top institutions as well as at prominent conferences such as the Open Source Conference and Software Development Expo. He lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife Grace, two cats, and a loud parrot, and enjoys kayaking.

 

System Requirements

  • Operating System: Windows 98, 2000, XP, Vista, or Mac OS X

  • Multimedia: DVD drive, 1280 x 960 or higher display, and sound card with speakers

  • Computer: 500MHz or higher, 128MB RAM or more

 

 

About the Author

Peter Scott is the author of Perl Medic (2004) and Perl Debugged (2001), both from Addison-Wesley. A graduate of Cambridge University and former Jet Propulsion Laboratory developer, he’s been a Perl trainer since 1998 and taught Perl at top institutions as well as at prominent conferences, such as the Open Source Conference and Software Development Expo. He lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife Grace, two cats, and a loud parrot, and enjoys kayaking.


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5.0 out of 5 stars For those new to Perl, excellent 3 Sep 2009
By Gregory L. Firth - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I'm self-taught and have been using Perl on and off for years. It would have been of great help to have something like this when I was starting out. Mr. Scott covers scalars, arrays, hashes, subroutines, basic I/O, and a strong intro to Regular Expressions (Regex). The material also includes a number of fine points that use to confuse the heck out of me such as the hidden (and pervasive) $_, context evaluation, pattern matching, and even the greedy nature of the regex engine.

Basic stuff with very solid instruction. If he ever comes out with a follow-on package, I am definitely up for it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Many a student will find this the perfect refresher or lab course 17 Aug 2009
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The home video/book lesson plan that is PERL FUNDAMENTALS is a top pick for any perl programmer and comes from a Perl author who tackles the basics of Perl 5. Newcomers to the program receive a clear, graded progressive series of lessons moving from basic introduction to intermediate concepts, with the DVD reinforcing written explanation. Many a student will find this the perfect refresher or lab course.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Book and video, to be used as video-book 22 April 2009
By Wendy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Peter Scott is well-known for his two other books (Perl Medic and Perl Debugged). This book is in itself a very nice idea. The book itself contains less than 60 pages, which are mostly some very short educational texts and some lists of things (like a list of online tutorials and a very long list of Perl-modules than can be obtained on CPAN, the main Perl-repository of programs that have been developed by the Perl community).

The most important part is the DVD, with over 4 hours of video tutorials. Peter Scott shows that he is a good teacher. The 8 chapters have clear titles. Scott introduces Perl elegantly and takes the starting programmer by the hand, helping to find Perl.

The beginning is easy. The more difficult parts follow soon and Scott handles those well. Each chapter consists of two parts: the first part is an introduction, where you can see Scott himself. The second part is a presentation, with computer screens added to them, mostly of the editor and the program output. At the end, the new Perl programmer knows the basics, knows how to start programming.

I did (and still do) have a big problem with the videos on the DVD. I am a Linux user and use movie players like VLC, Totem and Mplayer. The last one has the quirkiest interface, but is the only one with which I can view the videos without a nasty flashing of the video. I have no idea what causes the problem, I tried to change the codecs, I tried to convert the videos, no help. It is not a know problem (well, it is not mentioned on Scott's website or the website of Addison-Wesley).
5.0 out of 5 stars How to learn Perl 25 Feb 2010
By Happy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Perl is a wonderful language.

This book is a great supplement to all the Perl books out there. This is a lot cheaper than enrolling in an online course which is exactly what this is. If you are trying to learn Perl: Use this book/video and a few other supplements and complete the exercises in your books. Then signup for an online Perl community so you can email people questions. That is a wonderful way to learn Perl online, interactively.

The best way to learn Perl is to take a course at your college. Demand that your college teach Perl. It is a great language for programming. Takes about 6 months of solid time to learn it fairly well. That is very fast compared to other languages.

Perl FTW!
4.0 out of 5 stars easy lessons 30 Mar 2009
By W Boudville - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Scott's perl lessons are very easy to follow and do commence from scratch. He assumes that you have no prior knowledge of perl. The minimal requirement is that you know how to use a text editor on your machine. So long as you are using a recently made machine, it is quite likely that perl has already been ported to that hardware and operating system.

The lessons involve writing several short programs. A program typically focuses on one aspect of the language. A very bite-sized approach so that you can easily stay on message and understand the lesson.

Perhaps of necessity, the lessons describe using perl in a procedural fashion, like C or Fortran. So you learn how to write and call subroutines. It is only in the last lesson that you get glimpses of more advanced ideas, like object oriented coding, and using perl in the context of Web cgi. If you can get this far and follow everything, then you are ready to 'graduate' and get a full text on perl.
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