Effective Perl Programming: Ways to Write Better, More Idiomatic Perl (Effective Software Development) Paperback – 19 Apr 2010
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From the Back Cover
The Classic Guide to Solving Real-World Problems with Perl―Now Fully Updated for Today’s Best Idioms!
For years, experienced programmers have relied on Effective Perl Programming to discover better ways to solve problems with Perl. Now, in this long-awaited second edition, three renowned Perl programmers bring together today’s best idioms, techniques, and examples: everything you need to write more powerful, fluent, expressive, and succinct code with Perl.
Nearly twice the size of the first edition, Effective Perl Programming, Second Edition, offers everything from rules of thumb to avoid common pitfalls to the latest wisdom for using Perl modules. You won’t just learn the right ways to use Perl: You’ll learn why these approaches work so well.
New coverage in this edition includes
- Reorganized and expanded material spanning twelve years of Perl evolution
- Eight new chapters on CPAN, databases, distributions, files and filehandles, production Perl, testing, Unicode, and warnings
- Updates for Perl 5.12, the latest version of Perl
- Systematically updated examples reflecting today’s best idioms
You’ll learn how to work with strings, numbers, lists, arrays, strictures, namespaces, regular expressions, subroutines, references, distributions, inline code, warnings, Perl::Tidy, data munging, Perl one-liners, and a whole lot more. Every technique is organized in the same Items format that helped make the first edition so convenient and popular.
About the Author
Joseph N. Hall has programmed for a living since 1984, taught his first computer class at age fourteen, and has worked with Perl since 1993. Joshua A. McAdams, a programmer at Google, is the voice of Perlcast. He has hosted two Perl conferences, conducts meetings for Chicago Perl Mongers, has spoken about Perl at events worldwide, and is a CPAN author. brian d foy is coauthor of Learning Perl, Fifth Edition (O’Reilly Media, 2008), and Intermediate Perl (O’Reilly Media, 2006), and author of Mastering Perl (O’Reilly Media, 2007). He established the first Perl user group, the New York Perl Mongers; publishes The Perl Review; maintains parts of the core Perl documentation; and has more than ten years of Perl training experience.
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Every topic of Perl is dealt with individually, as a step at a time, with the most relevant features demonstrated using snippets of code. Admittedly, the nature of Perl lends itself to this: it is best to learn it by doing, trying and testing it.
The book is organised in thirteen chapters covering an apt set of topics ranging from the basics to expressions to warnings to databases. The chapters are followed by a valuable resource list in Appendix A, which is always welcome.
If I were to pick one, Chapter 5 is as detailed a section on filehandles in Perl as you would find. One has to have some access to a practical environment to benefit from the `conversation' the authors are having with the reader: the subtext behind the mingled text and code is an attempt to read the developer's mind, nurturing and coaching him into using the language. I find this approach largely effective.
The book is well formatted in a slim version. It is ideal for beginners and students getting to grips with Perl. For experienced developers, I am sure they will find a rich variety of books on Perl that compete with this.
Overall, I find the book highly readable and accessible, with topics laid out clearly and purposefully. For a book dedicated to programming, this one is well written.
As it states, however, not really for the absolute beginner but then a useful addition to the book shelf for the non-beginner.