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Perl 5 Pocket Reference: Programming Tools (Pocket Reference (O'Reilly)) [Paperback]

Johan Vromans
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11 Jun 2000 Pocket Reference (O'Reilly)

Revised to cover Perl Version 5.6, this quick reference provides a complete overview of the Perl programming language, all packed into a convenient, carry-around booklet.

This third edition covers:

  • A summary of Perl syntax rules
  • A complete list of operators, built-in functions, and standard library modules, all with brief descriptions
  • The newest Perl features, such as enhanced regular expressions, multithreading, the Perl compiler, and unicode support The Perl 5 Pocket Reference, 3rd Edition, is the perfect companion to the authoritative books on Perl published by O'Reilly & Associates: Programming Perl, Learning Perl, and the Perl Cookbook.

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 3 edition (11 Jun 2000)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 0596000324
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596000325
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.7 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,443,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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At 108mm by 76mm you can check for yourself whether it will fit your pocket, but you're probably meant to think of the book as a pocket into which Perl (to version 5.6) has been crammed--well, neatly folded.

Vroman has done an excellent job. He summarises Perl syntax, lists and describes the built-in functions, operators and library modules. More importantly, he lists all those little things that it's so easy to get wrong--such as operator precedence, quote types, embedded documentation rules, command line options and so on.

Larry Wall, who wrote Perl as well as the foreword describes the book as "perfect". This reviewer isn't going to disagree with the master. What Larry doesn't say, but should have, is that every Perl programmer--from the newbie to the guru--would do well to keep a copy of Perl 5 Pocket Reference to hand. Perl isn't a spectacularly consistent language and a small, fast aide memoire is useful to all. --Steve Patient

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Revised to cover Perl Version 5.6, this quick reference provides a complete overview of the Perl programming language in a convenient, carry-around booklet. The Perl 5 Pocket Reference, 3rd Edition, is the perfect companion to Programming Perl, Learning Perl, and the Perl Cookbook.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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If you are a multilingual programmer then this book makes life a whole lot easier. If I have to carry all the Perl, Java, HTML, JavaScript, Java and C++ books that I need with me every day then I will need a course in bodybuilding not Perl! This book is just right it jogs the memory just enough to help you remember the constructs used in Perl. Well now I just wish the someone would write a book like this for the other five languages I use!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This book is great, but make sure you know some perl before you buy it, as it is not in any way a tutorial.
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I bought the Perl 5 Pocket Reference when I took a Perl 5 course. No book has been more (cost)effective in my study career than this. It looks very expensive for such a small book, but due to small character typesetting and telegramme style writing, a lot of content. Spectacles not included ;-)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Needs updated, needs index, needs better organization 9 Feb 1999
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As a Perl programmer I often need to look up a word or command to see how it is used. This reference makes it tough because it is organized by categories, instead of alphabetically. So if you're not sure what a command does - you'll look forever trying to find it. The book could also use a highlighted index along the side of the book like "Perl in a Nutshell" (This is the book you SHOULD get instead). They should expand the reference to include minor examples as well. Out of all the O'Reilly Perl books, this is the one I find myself going to the least - when it should be an indispensible reference...
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most handy Perl book for an occasional Perl hacker. 20 Dec 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great little book for those who already know perl, but don't program in it enough to remember it all. I always carry it in my bag. Not the best book for the beginner.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good pocket-reference 21 Dec 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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At $5-6, this is very affordable and a necessity when you work at more than one location (home and office) but only keep one set of books. Though sometimes cryptic with notations, I find it to be quite complete and easier to use than thumbing through a complete reference book.
The book does nothing more than nudge your memory and sometimes show you language features you knew nothing about. For the latter, a complete reference is required to use the feature (or some tedious experimentation). I expect nothing more from a pocket reference.
The author has grouped the language components into sections and there is a TOC. However, I would augment the TOC with an index - I tend to use a pocket reference to find a specific item rather than an entire group.
I would buy the next edition of the book if it were to contain an index and embolden the function names in certain sections to make scanning the pages a bit easier.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does anyone actually put these things in their pockets? 9 Dec 1999
By Andy Lester - Published on Amazon.com
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I guess if your have to carry documentation around with you all day, this is the book to have. Otherwise, get Perl In A Nutshell.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A mnemonic device, nothing more 2 Mar 2000
By Joseph E. Swanson - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is little more than a list of perl methods to help jog your memory. If you're fluent in perl but sometimes need to remember the name of a method, this book can help you. But you'd better be able to remember the proper syntax on your own, since the book doesn't include it (granted, perl is fluid enough to make that an easy guess too). If you want a language reference, this book isn't it. It's like carrying a set of flash cards. If you don't know it to begin with, this book won't help you learn it. Even as a reference I found it lacking.
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