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  • Paperback: 1246 pages
  • Publisher: WROX Press Ltd; illustrated edition edition (1 Feb. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861004494
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861004499
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 18.3 x 4.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,675,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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While Web-oriented languages wax and wane in popularity, the Perl scripting language has maintained a solid following as one of the core Internet programming technologies. Perl's versatility and open-source architecture is technically attractive, and its recent migration toward an object-oriented syntax bodes well for the language's future.

Professional Perl Programming is a superb guide to Perl for both newcomers to the language and seasoned programmers looking to stay up with recent developments in the scripting environment. Its numerous authors have constructed a text that really works as an introductory tutorial as well as a guide for existing Perl programmers. Due to the nature of Perl, however, novice coders to the language will be best positioned if they have previous experience in other programming languages.

The book covers impressive ground, beginning with the history of Perl and a step-by-step exploration of the basics of the language, and progressing through all of the aspects of Perl programming--including modules, file handling, debugging, object-oriented coding, processes, platform-independent coding and networking. The content does require familiarity with programming terminology, but the example code is very clear and concise. Whether you need to learn Perl or just want to expand your knowledge a little, Professional Perl Programming is an excellent bet. --Stephen W Plain


Perl is one of the most important scripting languages in use today. Open source, freely available, portable, versatile, and robust, powerful and easy to use, Perl is the first choice for thousands of professional web developers. But Perl is far more than a scripting language for the web. Supported by a comprehensive standard library and hundreds of third-party libraries, Perl is an increasingly popular choice for application programming. This book provides comprehensive coverage of the Perl language. It covers the fundamentals of data types and file handling through advanced features like regular expressions, object-oriented programming, threads, internationalization, and integrating Perl with the C programming language. The latest version of the language, Perl 5.6, is used throughout, with commentary for those with earlier versions.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Mar. 2001
Format: Paperback
The language of this book is so lucid and free flowing that its not just easy to undarstant but makes you to go on learning all the basic fundas of perl to make you a real professional.Its just amazing for those who find perl a hard or a language difficult to grasp. The part for shell scripting is just cool. The Appendixes given are also useful ones It encourages a person like me to not only learn this language but to master it for my professional use
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Highly recommended for a broad audience 10 May 2002
By Marco Forster - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a very good Perl book! For beginners, intermediates or even advanced programmers in Perl. The book takes you from the basics to advanced applied Perl programming concepts.
The book manages what many others fail to do: It might be the only Perl book you ever need. If you worked through this book, additional information is readily available on the Internet. This book is comprehensive enough to cover everything you need to know about the Perl language to write large scale 'mission critical' applications.
Admitted, if you already own the O'Reillys 'Learning Perl', 'Perl' and 'Perl Cookbook' this book will not contain many news. However, it is written very well and it is understandable, something I cannot always say about the 'original' Perl books or documentation.
If you do web programming, a logical addition to this book is 'Professional Perl Development' which offers lots of good information on how to design sophisiticated web applications.
15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
How did I feel about Professional Perl 12 Feb. 2001
By Omanakuttan.N. - Published on
Format: Paperback
All the books I have read in he programmer to programmer series of Wrox press were excellent. (e.g. PHP).Professional perl is not an exception. This book covers all the aspects of Perl - the hacker language. The book explains very well the basic concepts of perl in the initial chapters, then moves over to advanced features. Chapters 7 to 9 worth special appreciation as well as chapter 11 , in which regex is dealt in a detailed and perspicacious manner. The authers strived hard to give the reader a clear picture of Object Oriented perl and Networking perl, which are the chapters I liked most. The chapter about Unicode (utf8) seems is very well written. I could not decipher what Larry intended to convey before reading this chapter. Even though I felt the book is primarily targetted at Unix and clones users, I am sure that Win32 perl programmers will also get benefitted by this book. The authers could make this more evident by concentrating a little more on the chapter Writing portable perl.Together with Programming Perl ( Larry wall , O'reilly) this book is really an asset for any perl programmer.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
very detailed but not easy to read 23 Jan. 2003
By rwx - Published on
Format: Paperback
The book is very detailed and comprehensive, but it is not easy to read and probably not suitable for beginners. Specifically, it does not provide complete examples with inputs, code, and output. There are also plenty of typos and small errors.
Still, in all fairness, this is a very comprehensive book with lots of topics not covered in other books. Also the paper is of good quality. Probably every advanced user should go through the book to pick up on things other books leave out.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
An excellent book for advanced programmers. 8 Aug. 2001
By hackmare - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent, thorough, fairly advanced book.
Until now, I was an o'reilly zealot, clinging to my camel book and my CD bookshelf as the Only True Word.
Finally, here is the first real competitor to that series of books, with a fresh approach to the language that shows that the authors really know what they are doing.
So far, the book has done a great job covering all my industrial-strength perl questions with _examples that work_ and clear, concise explanations of the methods and the context. I find that the examples are really applicable to my professional needs as a contract perl programmer.
There's a great section on object-oriented perl, as well as a good debugging section.
IMHO, This is the best perl book out in a while.
WROX rocks 21 Feb. 2006
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I initially didn't have time to read this book, and it made a much better reference than O'Reilly's book because it didn't assume you knew what you were doing. The index is nice, and the table of contents helps find anything you don't know the name for - it's all logically organized.

When I finally got around to reading it, it was actually a nice read too.

So far this has been my experience with all the Wrox books I've gotten. They cover well what they cover, but don't always cover everything.
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