Applied Perl

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This is the only Perl book that details practical applications that range from enabling cutting-edge research to integrating heterogeneous systems.

More and more companies are using Perl as their language of choice for projects great and small in large part because of Perl's popularity among web CGI programmers. Perl's ability to quickly generate and manipulate text files, along with its flexibility in communicating with a variety of systems and platforms, make it indispensable. In many organizations, however, especially those with large-scale programming teams, Perl adopters still fight a daily battle for acceptance. Perl is perceived by the IT managers in these organizations as difficult to manage (because there's no one way to program), impossible to maintain (because deployment does not require compilation), prone to error (because its variables are weakly typed), and maybe even dangerous (because hackers use it). Applied Perl tackles these misperceptions through exploring cases where Perl is being applied inventively in the film industry, financial community, Internet community and scientific community. The book teaches new techniques to advanced Perl programmers and provides sample code and applications that can be customized. In addition it is an advocacy book that shows the power of the Perl language in tangible terms.

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Applied Perl Hands-on Perl Solutions from 13 Top Developers, Including Lincoln Stein Perl offers a versatile set of development tools that are applicable in a broad range of real-world environments. But how do you convince skeptical IT managers that a Perl solution is the best way to go? This book delivers answers. Drawing on his own successful Perl implementations as well as a variety of customizable systems, scripts, and tools from other notable Perl developers, Peter Williams punctures the myth of Perl "difficulty" and shows you how to create Perl solutions for financial transactions, Web communities, data reporting, WAP gateways, and many other IT challenges. Real-World Perl Success Stories and Tools, Complete with Code
* An operating system file monitor
* An application that communicates with Java applets
* Integrated real-time services for a visual arts Web community
* A financial calculator for bonds
* A database proxy for interproccess network communication
* A financial transaction settlement system
* A VAX data reporting system
* Networking and collaboration tools for an alumni Web community
* A fully functional client/server SOAP application
* Perl-based dynamic Web pages that function like JSP
* An Open Source WAP gateway
* A Perl object for on-the-fly filtering of financial data files
With contributions and code from these leading Perl developers: Lincoln Stein, programmer and researcher, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Gunther Birznieks, co-founder, eXtropia.com Richard Dice, author, SINS.net Ryan Eatmon, developer, Jabber.org John Herron, co-founder, Premier Technology Solutions Nikhil Kaul, senior Web developer, Barclays Capital Dan Lindy, founder, Touchmove Marco Mangone, programmer and researcher, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Jim Nekos, technology manager, Morgan Stanley Selena Sol, co-founder, eXtropia.com Rob Trangmar, CTO, Generic Network Systems, Inc. Aaron Young, application developer, Citadel Asset Management Companion Web Site All sample code and more available at www.peterwilliams.net www.mandtbooks.com

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Peter Williams is a systems architect and programmer who builds financial trading tools for clients of Morgan Stanley. While serving as head of equity finance technology for Barclays Capital, he built the first Web-based trading application for securities lending. An expert in Perl, Java, and other languages, he has published a number of research papers and has written for LAN Magazine.

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