Learning Perl

Learning Perl

by RandalL.Schwartz (Author), TomPhoenix (Author)


Perl began as a tool for Unix system administrators, used for countless small tasks throughout the workday. It has since blossomed into a full-featured programming language on practically every computing platform, and is used for web programming, database manipulation, XML processing, and (of course) system administration - all the while remaining a tool for the small daily tasks it was designed for. The third edition of "Learning Perl" has not only been updated for Perl 5.6, but has also been rewritten to reflect the needs of programmers learning Perl in the 21st century. It includes an expanded and more gently-paced introduction to regular expressions, new exercises and solutions designed so readers can practise what they've learned while it is still fresh in their minds.


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 336
Edition: 3
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Published: 18 Jul 2001

ISBN 10: 0596001320
ISBN 13: 9780596001322

Media Reviews
'Learning Perl makes for an enjoyable, exciting course for any absolute Perl beginner.' Linux User, October 2001 Recommended reading . .Net, November 2001
Author Bio
Randal L. Schwartz is a two-decade veteran of the software industry. He is skilled in software design, system administration, security, technical writing, and training. Randal has coauthored the must-have standards: Programming Perl, Learning Perl, Learning Perl for Win32 Systems, and Effective Perl Programming, and is a regular columnist for WebTechniques, PerformanceComputing, SysAdmin, and Linux magazines. He is also a frequent contributor to the Perl newsgroups, and has moderated comp.lang.perl.announce since its inception. His offbeat humor and technical mastery have reached legendary proportions worldwide (but he probably started some of those legends himself). Randal's desire to give back to the Perl community inspired him to help create and provide initial funding for The Perl Institute. He is also a founding board member of the Perl Mongers (perl.org), the worldwide Perl grassroots advocacy organization. Since 1985, Randal has owned and operated Stonehenge Consulting Services, Inc. Randal can be reached for comment at merlyn@stonehenge.com or (503) 777-0095, and welcomes questions on Perl and other related topics. Tom Phoenix has been working in the field of education since 1982. After more than thirteen years of dissections, explosions, work with interesting animals, and high-voltage sparks during his work at a science museum, he started teaching Perl classes for Stonehenge Consulting Services, where he's worked since 1996. Since then, he has traveled to many interesting locations, so you might see him soon at a Perl Mongers' meeting. When he has time, he answers questions on Usenet's comp.lang.perl.misc and comp.lang.perl.moderated newsgroups, and contributes to the development and usefulness of Perl. Besides his work with Perl, Perl hackers, and related topics, Tom spends his time on amateur cryptography and speaking Esperanto. His home is in Portland, Oregon.