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Advanced Perl Programming
So you've learned Perl, but you're getting frustrated. Perhaps you've taken on a larger project than the ones you're used to. Or you want to add a user interface or a networking component. Or you need to do more complicated error trapping.
Whether your knowledge of Perl is casual or deep, this book will make you a more accomplished programmer. Here you can learn the complex techniques for production-ready Perl programs. This book explains methods for manipulating data and objects that may have looked like magic before. Furthermore, it sets Perl in the context of a larger environment, giving you the background you need for dealing with networks, databases, and GUIs. The discussion of internals helps you program more efficiently and embed Perl within C or C within Perl.
Major topics covered include:
- Practical use of packages and classes (object-oriented programming)
- Complex data structures
- Persistence (e.g., using a database)
- Graphical interfaces, using the Tk toolkit
- Interaction with C language functions
- Embedding and extending the Perl interpreter
In addition, the book patiently explains all sorts of language details you've always wanted to know more about, such as the use of references, trapping errors through the eval operator, non-blocking I/O, when closures are helpful, and using ties to trigger actions when data is accessed. You will emerge from this book a better hacker, and a proud master of Perl.
A real outdated masterpiece that may not appeal to everyone
- June 7, 2000
This is, as the title implies, a book for advanced programmers. You are not supposed to be reading it until "Learning Perl" seems really basic to you and when you are ready to make the progression from browsing "Programming Perl" (the Camel book) -a reference guide to ALL of Perl- to writing a real & complex application. This book serves then as an introduction to several complex topics (DBI, data structures, Tk, OO, & Perl C internals) and gives a better explanation in some areas where the Camel book falls short or becomes too complex (here the explanations are better, but don't expect full tutorials from A to Z). I warn you. It is the perfect companion to introduce you to a new subject while reading the online docs or other. You also might want to browse thru it if you are an experienced programmer with other scripting languages like TCL, Java or Python, since the comparisons at the end of each chapter is really excellent. As anything that... read more
Great book for intermediate Perl programmer.
By Igor France
- December 6, 1999
Normally, I would not feel the need to review this book, had I not seen the review:
"Why are there so many good reviews for this book?" by Eric Vogan (see above).
I would like to add that it is a great book and that it has thought me a lot.
Having mastered basic to intermmediate Perl, "Advanced Perl Programming" really took me further.
But as the name says, this is "advanced" Perl programming, and not a beginner's book. So Eric, even though you are a C++ programmer, you have to go through the basics before you try to use this book. The Preface clearly says what you are expected to know before you start with this book.
For beginning Perl programmers I would recommend the "Perl 5 by Example" and "Programming Perl", both of which are an excellent entry point to Perl.
But for taking your studies further, "Advanced Perl Programming", among others, is a gold-mine.
The author loves his work
By Steve Wainstead
- July 17, 2000
Compared to "Programming Perl" the explanations of references and complex data structures are worth the price alone. They are clear and concise. The OOP chapters are a little thick, but if you are new to OOP they are a decent introduction.But one of the great things about this book is its overall passion for programming and computer science; you can tell the author loves his work. It really shows. I bought "Programming Pearls" (not "Perls") as a result of this, and there's a neat chapter on dynamic code generation, an essential tool for the web developer's toolbox. All Perl hackers need this one.
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