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Perl from the Ground Up [Paperback]

Michael McMillan
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1 Jun 1998 0078824044 978-0078824043
This edition teaches the basics of Perl using lessons and real-world examples. It also provides an advanced treatment of Perl's use in information processing. Covering both UNIX and Windows 95/NT, the book begins with a description of the Perl language and gradually progresses to explain how it is used for Internet and Web programming. Appendices include the resources of the Comprehensive Perl Archive Network and a glossary of Perl terms. The book covers version 5.003. Perl is a freely distributed scription and general-purpose programming language that has become very popular as a systems administration and Internet programming tool. It has been described as the "Swiss-Army chain saw" of UNIX tools, but over time has become the language of choice among system administrators for quickly cobbling together utility programs. The dramatic popularity of the Internet and World Wide Web has pushed Perl into the forefront of professional programming. Much of the back-end processing on Web servers is done with CGI scripts written in Perl. Its rising use in mission-critical applications, ranging from financial transactions to aeronautical design has transformed Perl from a simple programming tool to a means for obtaining dynamic data and printing out easily formatted reports. Perl currently runs on DOS, Macintosh, Amiga, VMS, OS/2, Windows and many flavours of UNIX.

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  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Osborne/McGraw-Hill (1 Jun 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0078824044
  • ISBN-13: 978-0078824043
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 18.2 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,784,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book is for beginners and intermediate programmers.
Perl from the Ground Up is written for beginning and intermediate programmers who want to find out what Perl is all about. Unlike other Perl books, this book doesn't assume you are already a programming expert or a Unix wizard.

The first part of the book starts out discussing basic Perl programming concepts and moves to more advanced material once you've mastered writing basic Perl programs. The second part of the book covers using Perl to get specific day-to-day programming tasks done, such as:

* Web and CGI programming * System administration * Advanced data manipulation * GUI design using Perl/Tk

Many people who know I program in Perl ask me what Perl is good for besides CGI. Perl from the Ground Up will show you that Perl can be used for just about every programming task you face, including CGI.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent starter for people new to Perl 22 Mar 1999
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I was looking for a text to learn Perl literally from the ground up and this is the book. The subject matter is broken up logically into chapters which can be read in sequence to progressively build up your understanding of the language and its capabilities but which also function effectively as a reference - from Hello World through CGI, Database and GUI development. It is concise and readable - not jumping too deeply into esoteric subjects like regular expressions before the reader is confident with the basic language constructs. There are bugs in the sample code which is a bit annoying but not hard to recognise and you'll want to obtain other books as more advanced references to specific topics. You find this book useful for some time though before you need more in depth texts. I would recommend this to any computing professional wanting to learn Perl.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good basics but example code very buggy! 22 Aug 1998
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The book starts off very well, and gives a good grounding in PERL, but is badly let down by very buggy example scripts. You can type them in exactly as printed and get pages of error messages. I was also less than impressed with the Windows NT / Unix information, which doesn't point out the myriad of facilities which do not work in the NT version of PERL (Ping, for example is supposed to work, but as of August 1998 relies on an alarm function which is not implemented in PERL for Windows NT. To be brutal, PERL's own HTML pages have been more helpful once I got beyond chapter four.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perl explained easily and methodically!! 27 Jun 2001
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If you are a programmer who has experience with C, C++, Pascal etc. and want to try something fairly easy to convert to, then Perl is it. This book is great for any programmer who knows the basics. All the coded examples are well explained and each section falls nicely into the next. I'm reading the 1998 which has some spelling mistakes and some wrongly coded bits (assigning values to constants after they have already been assigned!!).
Its great for anyone with experience and who likes to have things explained in detail, giving several examples!! Good book
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great for the beginner 16 Sep 1998
By A Customer
I've only had this book for 24 hours, and already I'm writing simple programs and actually understanding them. I've read some other good Perl books but had difficulty understanding why I was doing certain things. This one is a good one to start with. I give it 4 stars instead of 5 because I'm not done with it yet. I think most people who read this book and do the excercises will be on to more advanced books quickly. Then again, isn't that the point!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sample Code Buggy and Unavailable 2 Dec 1998
By A Customer
I purchased this book in Sept 98. When some sample scripts didn't work, I tried to download the source code. The file was incomplete and corrupt. I contacted both the publisher and the author. Although both admitted the errors, the same broken file is still there as of Dec 98. As the sample code in the book was buggy, a source of error free source code and book errata is what is needed. Can we please see this sometime soon?
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