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Learning Perl by Randal L. Schwartz

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This is a great book for programmers who already know another language and would like to pick up Perl quickly.
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Pros

  • Short but packed with information
  • Provides a strong background in Perl
  • Covers all the basic programming

Cons

  • A bit dry for non-programmers
  • Can be intense

Description

  • Only 270 pages makes it a quick read.
  • Includes the history of Perl.
  • Learn how to get and install Perl.
  • First chapter is an overview of the language.
  • Learn Perl basics like: regular expressions, functions, arrays, hashes, DBM manipulation, and more.
  • Includes an entire chapter devoted to writing CGI scripts.

Guide Review - Learning Perl by Randal L. Schwartz

Your first step is to learn the language, and with this book you will have a strong start. At a little over 270 pages, it is not long enough to be overwhelming, but it is packed with information. The other chapters cover basic abilities of Perl such as Regular Expressions, Functions, Arrays and Hashes, DBM manipulation, and converting other languages to Perl. In the second edition there is a new chapter devoted to writing CGIs with Perl. This book is intense, but once you have read through it and tried the exercises you will have a strong background in Perl for writing your Perl scripts. This is a great book for programmers who already know another language and would like to pick up Perl quickly.
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