9780596000271

Programming Perl (3rd Edition)

Wall, Larry; Christiansen, Tom; Orwant, Jon

ISBN 10: 0596000278 / 0-596-00027-8
ISBN 13: 9780596000271
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Publication Date: 2000
Binding: Softcover
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Synopsis:

Perl is a powerful programming language that has grown in popularity since it first appeared in 1988. The first edition of this book, Programming Perl, hit the shelves in 1990, and was quickly adopted as the undisputed bible of the language. Since then, Perl has grown with the times, and so has this book.

Programming Perl is not just a book about Perl. It is also a unique introduction to the language and its culture, as one might expect only from its authors. Larry Wall is the inventor of Perl, and provides a unique perspective on the evolution of Perl and its future direction. Tom Christiansen was one of the first champions of the language, and lives and breathes the complexities of Perl internals as few other mortals do. Jon Orwant is the editor of The Perl Journal, which has brought together the Perl community as a common forum for new developments in Perl.

Any Perl book can show the syntax of Perl's functions, but only this one is a comprehensive guide to all the nooks and crannies of the language. Any Perl book can explain typeglobs, pseudohashes, and closures, but only this one shows how they really work. Any Perl book can say that my is faster than local, but only this one explains why. Any Perl book can have a title, but only this book is affectionately known by all Perl programmers as "The Camel."

This third edition of Programming Perl has been expanded to cover version 5.6 of this maturing language. New topics include threading, the compiler, Unicode, and other new features that have been added since the previous edition.


Review:
Larry Wall wrote Perl and he wrote Programming Perl. Better yet, he writes amusingly and well--all of which comes across in this latest edition of the definitive guide to the language.

Like Topsy, Perl just grew, and as a result the need for a third edition came about. It's now over 1,000 pages, which it needs to be, as it performs several different duties. First, it's an introduction to the Perl language for those who are new to programming; also, it's a guide for those who are coming from other languages; and, finally, it's a Perl language reference.

Among Larry Wall's other pursuits is being a linguist, and it's perhaps for this reason that Perl is a peculiarly flexible language with many routes to achieving the same ends, as the authors ably demonstrate. It's also extensible in several ways, designed to work with many other languages. Also, as it's largely interpreted, programs written in Perl tend to run unmodified on a variety of platforms--although platform-specific Perl modules and programming practices are also discussed.

A major strength of Programming Perl is the way subject areas are approached from several directions. This constant shift of viewpoint eliminates blind spots in the reader's understanding and provides a pleasing echo of the way Perl itself can take many routes from here to there.

Because the Perl community is both knowledgeable and active, the language covers much more ground here than in the previous edition. Even if you have both previous editions, you'll want this latest version--if only for the new jokes. --Steve Patient, amazon.co.uk

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Book Description: O'Reilly Media, 2000. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Preface PART 1: Overview Chapter 1. An Overview of Perl Getting Started Natural and Artificial Languages An Average Example Filehandles Operators Control Structures Regular Expressions List Processing What You Don''t Know Won''t Hurt You (Much) PART 2: The Gory Details Chapter 2. Bits and Pieces Atoms Molecules Built-in Data Types Variables Names Scalar Values Context List Values and Arrays Hashes Typeglobs and Filehandles Input Operators Chapter 3. Unary and Binary Operators Terms and List Operators (Leftward) The Arrow Operator Autoincrement and Autodecrement Exponentiation Ideographic Unary Operators Binding Operators Multiplicative Operators Additive Operators Shift Operators Named Unary and File Test Operators Relational Operators Equality Operators Bitwise Operators C-Style Logical (Short-Circuit) Operators Range Operator Conditional Operator Assignment Operators Comma Operators List Operators (Rightward) Logical and, or, not, and xor C Operators Missing from Perl Chapter 4. Statements and Declarations Simple Statements Compound Statements if and unless Statements Loop Statements Bare Blocks goto Global Declarations Scoped Declarations Pragmas Chapter 5. Pattern Matching The Regular Expression Bestiary Pattern-Matching Operators Metacharacters and Metasymbols Character Classes Quantifiers Positions Capturing and Clustering Alternation Staying in Control Fancy Patterns Chapter 6. Subroutines Syntax Semantics Passing References Prototypes Subroutine Attributes Chapter 7. Formats Format Variables Footers Chapter 8. References What Is a Reference? Creating References Using Hard References Symbolic References Braces, Brackets, and Quoting Chapter 9. Data Structures Arrays of Arrays Hashes of Arrays Arrays of Hashes Hashes of Hashes Hashes of Functions More Elaborate Records Saving Data Structures Chapter 10. Packages Symbol Tables Autoloading Chapter 11. Modules Using Modules Creating Modules Overriding Built-in Functions Chapter 12. Objects Brief Refresher on Object-Oriented Lingo Perl''s Object System Method Invocation Object Construction Class Inheritance Instance Destructors Managing Instance Data Managing Class Data Summary Chapter 13. Overloading The overload Pragma Overload Handlers Overloadable Operators The Copy Constructor (=) When an Overload Handler Is Missing (nomethod and fallback) Overloading Constants Public Overload Functions Inheritance and Overloading Run-Time Overloading Overloading Diagnostics Chapter 14. Tied Variables Tying Scalars Tying Arrays Tying Hashes Tying Filehandles A Subtle Untying Trap Tie Modules on CPAN PART 3: Perl as Technology Chapter 15. Unicode Building Character Effects of Character Semantics Caution, \[ren2bold] Working Chapter 16. Interprocess Communication Signals Files Pipes System V IPC Sockets Chapter 17. Threads The Process Model The Thread Model Chapter 18. Compiling The Life Cycle of a Perl Program Compiling Your Code Executing Your Code Compiler Backends Code Generators Code Development Tools Avant-Garde Compiler, Retro Interpreter Chapter 19. The Command-Line Interface Command Processing Environment Variables Chapter 20. The Perl Debugger Using the Debugger Debugger Commands Debugger Customization Unattended Execution Debugger Support The Perl Profiler Chapter 21. Internals and Externals How Perl Works Internal Data Types Extending Perl (Using C from Perl) Embedding Perl (Using Perl from C) The Moral of the Story PART 4: Perl as Culture Chapter 22. CPAN The CPAN modules Directory Using CPAN Modules Creating CPAN Modules Chapter 23. Security Handling Insecure Data Handling Timing Glitches Handling Insecure Code Chapter 24. Common Practices Common Goofs for Novices Efficiency Programming with Style Fluent Perl Program Generation Chapter 25. Portable Perl Newlines Endianness and Number Width Files and Filesystems System Interaction Interprocess Communication (IPC) External Subroutines (XS) Standard Modu. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0596000278

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