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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: University of British Columbia Press; 1 edition (1 Sept. 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0774802642
  • ISBN-13: 978-0774802642
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 21 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,702,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Larry Wall is one of the associates of O'Reilly & Associates; in his copious free time :-) he has authored some of the most popular free programs available for UNIX, including the rn news reader, the ubiquitous patch program, and the Perl programming language. He's also known for metaconfig, a program that writes Configure scripts, and for the warp space-war game, the first version of which was written in BASIC/PLUS at Seattle Pacific University. By training Larry is actually a linguist, having wandered about both U.C. Berkeley and U.C.L.A. as a grad student. (Oddly enough, while at Berkeley, he had nothing to do with the UNIX development going on there.) Over the course of years, he has spent time at Unisys, JPL, NetLabs, and Seagate, playing with everything from discrete event simulators to network-management systems, with the occasional spacecraft thrown in. (He also plays with his four kids every now and then, but they win too often.) It was at Unisys, while trying to glue together a bicoastal configuration management system over a 1200 baud encrypted link using a hacked-over version of Netnews, that Perl was born. Tom Christiansen is a freelance consultant specializing in Perl training and writing. After working for several years for TSR Hobbies (of Dungeons and Dragons fame), he set off for college where he spent a year in Spain and five in America, dabbling in music, linguistics, programming, and some half-dozen different spoken languages. Tom finally escaped UW-Madison with B.A.s in Spanish and computer science and an M.S. in computer science. He then spent five years at Convex as a jack-of-all-trades working on everything from system administration to utility and kernel development, with customer support and training thrown in for good measure. Tom also served two terms on the USENIX Association Board of directors. With over fifteen years' experience in UNIX system administration and programming, Tom presents seminars internationally. Living in the foothills above Boulder, Colorado, surrounded by mule deer, skunks, and the occasional mountain lion and black bear, Tom takes summers off for hiking, hacking, birding, music making, and gaming. Randal L. Schwartz is an eclectic tradesman and entrepreneur, making his living through software design, technical writing, system administration, security consultation, and video production. He is known internationally for his prolific, humorous, and occasionally incorrect spatterings on Usenet -- especially his "Just another perl hacker" signoffs in comp.lang.perl. Randal honed his many crafts through seven years of employment at Tektronix, ServioLogic, and Sequent. For the past five years he has owned and operated Stonehenge Consulting Services in his home town of Portland, Oregon. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richtourist on 30 April 2011
Format: Paperback
Classic situation where someone knows all about something but is unable to teach it.

Never gets to the point without first changing the subject.

Repeatedly tells you there are exceptions to what was just said, but never says what they are.

Waffle Waffle Waffle.

"Not only endless lame jokes, but also lame endless ones." -That is the sort of linguistic playfulness the author finds funny.
There is a laugh on every page.

Goes to a great deal of effort to not quite explain something. If you have any experience coding you can see what is going on straight away in most examples (you just want to know the syntax), but when you get to one you can't understand the book will not quite help.

I was given my copy - now I know why.

You are better off using a more succinct text, and a bit of trial and error to get what you want.
Certainly if you are new to coding this is not a place to start learning Perl.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Feb. 1998
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Indispensible as a reference book, but a poor choice if you are just starting out with perl. The geeky attempts at humor and general tone of "look how clever we are" frequently get in the way of explaining the concepts at hand, apart from being very tiresome. Chapter 4 on references and nested data structures is particularly obscure.
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By A Customer on 29 Dec. 1997
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Eeesh, this thing reminds me of someone that just got a new word processor and discovered how to insert footnotes into their text. Just because you -can- doesn't mean you -should-.
All in all an above average programming book but a little rough in places. Written in a rather informal tone it is really a pleasent read, much more than most programming books. Unfortunately the author makes the mistake of using concepts well before their introduction in the text, resulting in a rabbit-hunt for information. One example is 'my' which is refered to and used early in the second chapter (talking about file globbing) but not defined for 54 more pages! As a previous reviewer said this book is probably a great book assuming you already know the language! Unfortunately, I only know awk and sed, so perhaps I have a bit of a leg up, but woe be to the unitiated.
O'Reilly has done better...
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This was my introduction to Perl... and now my main Perl reference book. I taught myself the bulk of the language from this text over a weekend, but really it's more oriented towards an overview and reference than a tutorial. Comes complete with a huge amount of material all supplied in O'Reilley's usual concise, accessible manner and sprinkled with light-hearted comments.
It's true to say that it does need a little polish in a couple of areas to make some things more easily found, but this is a minor point in the context of the whole book. If you only have one Perl book on your shelf, this is the one to go for.
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This book took me from the firsts steps of Perl programming through to the creation of modules and using external resources. Within a few days I felt competant at using the language, and was creating scripts in little or no time at all.
The author(s) manage to inject humour into a book which doesn't need it, but it is a welcome break during the trawel of the chapters.
I would recommend this book to anyone who wishes to learn Perl. Both the language, and the book, lead me to believe that this is the most developer-friendly language out there. A must for any Perl programmer.
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By A Customer on 8 July 1998
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This is the definitive book on PERL. You will learn something from every page. No filler here, just rock solid information. This book treats the reader as seasoned technical professional wanting to gain a competitive advantage in his career by mastering a remarkable technology. And that is exactly what you will say about PERL after spending some time with this book. Any technical feat will seem possible. This book will help you internalize the material quickly, correctly and efficiently. There are no other books on the market if you are serious about PERL as far as I am concerned.
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This book has taught me exactly what I needed to know when I bought it. I was looking for a complete Perl reference, and got it.
It tells you about the history of Perl, and how to program in Perl, from the most simple of scripts to an advanced Shopping Cart CGI program. It even explains all about Perl's file handling capabilities.
If you want to learn Perl, this IS the book to get! It's a good idea if you have at least some programming experience, but is not necessary with this book, unlike some other programming books.
To sum up, then: GET IT! :)
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By A Customer on 31 Oct. 1998
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The definitive Perl book -- of course. But it's my feeling that at times, Larry was forgetting that the purpose of this book is not *only* to demonstrate his absolute superiority over the humble reader. The book would certainly win if a few phraseological masterpieces were deleted and dumb phrases like "A means this-and-this, and B means that-and-that" substituted instead. In particular, it is impossible to understand the really juicy things -- modules, references, and all that -- from this book unless you happen to understand them already.
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