Perl Cookbook Paperback – 31 Aug 2003
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"Perl Cookbook provides an excellent resource in gently guiding newbies and more experienced codes deep into Perl country." Linux User, December 2003 "Highly recommended" - Paul F Johnson, Cvu/ACCU, Febraury 2004
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Find a Perl programmer, and you'll find a copy of Perl Cookbook nearby. Perl Cookbook is a comprehensive collection of problems, solutions, and practical examples for anyone programming in Perl. The book contains hundreds of rigorously reviewed Perl "recipes" and thousands of examples ranging from brief one-liners to complete applications.
The second edition of Perl Cookbook has been fully updated for Perl 5.8, with extensive changes for Unicode support, I/O layers, mod_perl, and new technologies that have emerged since the previous edition of the book. Recipes have been updated to include the latest modules. New recipes have been added to every chapter of the book, and some chapters have almost doubled in size.See all Product description
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The other problem with this book is... well, the fact that it's a book. This kind of example-heavy manual lends itself far better to an online format, from which example code can be copied & pasted.
Those gripes aside, this is a manual I come back to again and again (although I invested in the CD-based Perl Bookshelf from O'Reilly, which includes this book). The format is excellent, the index is a little weak, but it's generally easy to find what you're looking for. The examples are well explained and I particularly like the way in which multiple solutions are presented for each problem, reflecting the very essence of Perl.
This book is not for beginners though (hint: read the top line of the front cover); for that I recommend you read "Learning Perl" or, better still, get yourself on a beginner course.
Neither a reference nor a tutorial, if you've ever read another cookbook, you'll know what to expect -- after all, this is the daddy of them all. Themed chapters, consisting of short tasks that most people will find handy e.g. trimming white space from a string, or populating a hash. What makes Perl Cookbook so valuable is not just finding out how to do it, but finding out what the most efficient and idiomatic way to do it is. This is where you'll see the Perl way of doing things in action, and it's an immensely valuable learning experience, even if you never need to do exactly any of the things in the book.
For me, the most vital material is the earliest stuff, which takes you through how to use the string, array and hash, the guts of any Perl program. The final half of the book explores Perl's libraries for the use of databases, and a lot of network and web-related stuff, from simple socket programming, to CGI, and the use of mod_perl.
This is a cornucopia of Perl lore, firmly established in the Perl Canon, and deservedly so. You want it on your bookshelf if you want to really call yourself a Perl programmer.
Each chapter focusses on a clearly circumscribed area of syntax (numbers, arrays, pattern matching, modules, etc.), offering a series of "recipes" starting from real basics and going up to more complex tasks. The miracle of this book is that you can home in on whatever information you want within seconds, often without even thinking about it.
There's none of the verbosity or laboured attempts at humour of "Programming Perl": every word here is written with one aim in mind, namely to help you understand the language.
This Book is maybe a must have for people who's work is writing perl applications all day... For me, writing little programs to process text, this book is too hard...
You also need to have unix/linux background.
Maybe I should have bought a beginners book, but I saw the 5 stars and read some reviews the book was very good...
I only recommend this book to advaced programmers.
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