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Sams Teach Yourself Perl in 24 Hours [Paperback]

Clinton Pierce
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19 Nov 1999 0672317737 978-0672317736 1

Even if you're new to Perl, Sams Teach Yourself Perl in 24 Hours teaches you everything you need to know to begin producing useful CGI programs quickly. This book provides you with a solid foundation in the basics of the Perl language, so you can easily move on to more advanced books and techniques. Special attention is paid to those features that trouble new users. Building on that knowledge, you will begin to interact with your file system, operating system, and network environment. Then move on to creating useful CGI programs, such as data collection, shopping cart, server push, and e-mail forms.

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  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Sams; 1 edition (19 Nov 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672317737
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672317736
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 18.3 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,367,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Learn Perl programming quickly and easily with 24 one-hour lessons in Sams Teach Yourself Perl in 24 Hours. The book's step-by-step lessons teach you the basics of Perl and how to apply it in web development and system administration. Plus, the third edition has been updated to include five chapters on new technologies, information on the latest version of Perl, and a look ahead to Perl 6. Sams Teach Yourself Perl in 24 Hours focuses on real-world development, teaching you how to:

  • Effectively use Perl for large development projects using Perl modules
  • Use Perl for data processing
  • Utilize Perl as a "glue" language with other programming languages
  • Use Perl as a web development language
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Clinton Pierce is a software engineer, freelance programmer and programming instructor. He is active in the Perl and Unix communities, contributing to the Perl Power Tools project, and answering several hundred questions in Usenet news groups about Perl. He has written courseware for several classes, including Unix systems administration, Perl programming, and Unix shell programming. Over the past six years he has trained hundreds of consultants and Ford employees in Perl programming and Unix systems programming and administration.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Easily the best introduction to Perl 20 Jan 2006
Perl is without doubt one of the most complex languages in wide use today - even C++ arguably seems simple in comparison, while Java, C#, Python, etc are a snap. In the past there has been a strong tendency for writers of introductory books to deal with this complexity by leaving important features out. Worse, for marketing reasons they often don't tell readers they have done this.
This makes writing much easier, but can mean readers can finish books as bad or even dangerous programmers. (For instance if you learned Perl from Randall Schwartz's "Learning Perl", you not only wouldn't be able to write a function that could add two lists of numbers, but you wouldn't know that you didn't know this, and wouldn't know what was going on when you tried..)
By comparison, this text (part of a series editted by the legendary Scott Meyers, author of "Effective C++") is exemplary. It is both thorough and clear, giving crystal clear explanations of all Perl's major features, including arguably the best introduction to regular expressions anywhere, and covering superbly the essential but tricky subject of references (one of the things introductions often drop).
While thorough enough to suit the professional programmer, TYP24H is also clear and friendly enough to be used as in an introduction to Perl by first time programmers.
A truly superb achievement - I'm horribly envious!
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5.0 out of 5 stars i understand what they mean! 29 May 2002
Are you new to programming with Perl? If so, get this book. Out of all the books i've tried to have a go at learning with (and there have been a few over the last couple of years) this has been far and away the best one yet.
All the lessons are nicely spaced out and you're not overwhelmed with too much information at one time but you always have the option of learning more with the supplied CD. And though they say "24 hours" you'll find you're locking yourself in the study/bedroom/library from dawn to dusk engrossed in every detail. Tell the family not to worry, you're just programming (most learn to accept it after a while!)
The book is written for Mac, unix and windows and explains what the difference is within the pages. It's very easy to set up and you'll be up and running very quickly. There's no need for you to change OS or anything daft like that.
Initially, i bought this book to learn Perl for personal use. I wanted to create a guestbook for my website but i found i could do so much more. Being a webdesigner i now also use it to get forms sent back and have data verified. And this book shows you how to do it. It's not made for pro's but then, you can't learn to run if you've not managed to walk yet now can you?
Thanks Pierce for the great information and Sams for producing another title to help mine, and i'm sure many many more's, knowledge of IT.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great beginner's title 15 Sep 2002
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SAMS TY Perl in 24 Hours was the first book I'd ever read on Perl. I found it extremely helpful, especially the chapter on regular expressions. This is a great book for programmers or non-programmers, as the learning curve is just right. Although this book doesn't cover some of the new aspects of Perl 5.8, it is still a good resource. I have programmed in Visual Basic, C and Java and I've finally found the language right for me - Perl.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perl wasn't built in a day 3 Dec 2002
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Phew! Finished it at last! You'd have to be seriously dedicated to work through the 24 chapters in this book at the rate of one hour each, even averaging over the whole thing. But it *is* good, and by the end I felt I'd got a fair grounding in the basics of Perl. At the end, though, it feels like you've run into a cliff - the last couple of chapters dealing with interactive templates are enough to boggle this mind at least. And with an earlier chapter skipping over the whole area of Perl objects, it left me only too conscious of how much I still don't know (and that includes the last two chapters!). Never mind, the rest of it's good stuff, and enough to get you happily scripting away in Perl.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Saves a hefty download too - the latest version of ActivePerl for Windows is included on a CD-ROM. Perl 5.005_3 - also on the CD for Mac and Unix. The book covers basic Perl, CGI, complex forms and cookies as well as perl's buil-in debugger. Very worthwhile...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good for beginners, powerful enough to be useful 24 Nov 2000
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I needed to learn how to use CGI quickly so that I could get a commercial website up for a family run business. The book was really useful and thought me the things I needed to know.
Although the book is intended for beginners it has enough content to enable you to perform some powerful applications using Perl.
I really learnt a lot from this book and recommend it to anyone wishing to learn the basics of perl.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Perl yourself 24 May 2011
This is a good book for someone who is familiar with scripting in general as it progresses quite quickly, this is not for a complete novice as they would lose the pace fairly quickly.

The book starts with the fundamental building blocks of Perl, with good code examples and also what type of errors can happen, and explores better ways to write the code as well
The questions and exam type code creation at the end of each chapter are very good, as they are not obvious and get you thinking.

If you stick with the book you should become quite proficient in writing Perl script and thinking how you would construct it, the book itself is quite readable and not too dry for what is quite a dull subject at times.

I would recommend this to anyone who wants to grasp the idea of what Perl can do, and as said you will need to be fairly familiar with scripting formats as a concept first.
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