Intermediate Perl Paperback – 18 Mar 2006
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Beyond The Basics of Learning Perl
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Perl programmers need a clear roadmap for improving their skills. Intermediate Perl teaches a working knowledge of Perl's objects, references, and modules -- all of which makes the language so versatile and effective. Written by the authors of the bestselling Llama book, Learning Perl, this guide offers a gentle but thorough introduction to intermediate programming in Perl. Topics include packages and namespaces, references and scoping, manipulating complex data structures, writing and using modules, package implementation, and using CPAN.See all Product Description
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Written in the same style as The Llama, this breeze through most of the rest of Perl, in particular: references, objects, packages and modules. These are the bits that you need to use Perl as a general purpose programming language, not just for scripting. In a similar pragmatic vein, it also covers how to use tools to build your own packages in the CPAN style, and there's a good chunk of material on using Test::More for unit tests. Probably the only thing missing is material on type globs and symbol tables, although hopefully, brian d foy's forthcoming Mastering Perl will fill in these gaps.
The bottom line is this is Llama part 2, and you need to read it if you want to have any hope of understanding anyone else's Perl. But I can't give it five stars. The major problem is that the material is not very well organised. At the chapter level, objects are sandwiched between modules and packages. It would have been far preferable to keep the module and package information together. As a result, the distinction between modules and packages is rather muddied, and the introduction of objects in the middle just makes things worse. Overall, I found the explanations to lack the clarity of the Llama.Read more ›
The book is designed for the reader to work from cover to cover. Basic knowledge of Perl is assumed, so you could skip "Learning Perl" if you've been using the language for a while. There are some exercises at the end of each chapter, with answers given in the Appendix. The book was originally written from courses the authors ran, so it is tuned to have an appropriate learning curve if your Perl knowledge can be summed up by "Learning Perl". Compared with "Programming Perl" it is a completely different style of book; "Programming Perl" is more of a reference book, so is useful in a different way to "Intermediate Perl". If you are looking to develop your Perl skills and want a bit of hand holding then "Intermediate Perl" will certainly help with that.
The book is written in a quite chatty manner: it covers the basics then builds up slowly to the more complex tasks of dealing with larger programs and modules. The book looks at how to write better Perl programs and introduces writing Perl modules. For a 250 page book there is certainly a lot packed into it.
Theres a lot more to modules, when you start writing them.
"Intermediate Perl" picks up where Learning Perl left off. At the same pace, and quality of narrative.
It fills in all the gaps with References, Namespaces, Modules, and OO Modules.
It's a must buy if your writing large Perl programs.
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