Learning Perl (6th Edition) by Schwartz, Foy and Phoenix

learningPerl.gifLearn­ing Perl (Sixth Edi­tion) Is the latest iter­a­tion of the de facto stand­ard for learn­ing the basics of the PERL pro­gram­ming lan­guage. It has been lately updated to deal with latest changes to the lan­guage remains a superb start­ing point for those with little or no pro­gram­ming exper­i­ence. It assumes no prior exper­i­ence and provides approach­able, and well explained hands on examples, start­ing from install­a­tion of PERL on Win­dows, OSX or Linux-based systems.

Much like the superb cook­book series of volumes from O’Reilly it approaches instruc­tion in PERL from a hands-on spe­cific task that you would want to accom­plish way of instruc­tion, that is is of par­tic­u­lar value to those that appre­ci­ate self-paced instruction.

 

To aug­ment the hands-on learn­ing approach, short exer­cises are provided at the end of each com­pact chapter to rein­force in-chapter prin­ciples with answers to exer­cises provided at the end of the book. Dir­ec­tions for future learn­ing are provided at the end of the book aug­men­ted by spe­cific ref­er­ences to appro­pri­ate areas interest.

This book takes the learner to a solid level of com­pet­ence in PERL and a stage to carry out many use­ful tasks is areas such as text pro­cessing or data­base manip­u­la­tion. It will be use­ful to those with no pro­gram­ming exper­i­ence and a need to carry out auto­mated tasks for their own use as well as people famil­iar with Python or PHP requir­ing a rapid intro­duc­tion to a dif­fer­ent approach to sim­ilar pro­gram­matic structures.

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