Mastering Perl, 2nd Edition
Creating Professional Programs with Perl
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: January 2014
Pages: 400

Take the next step toward Perl mastery with advanced concepts that make coding easier, maintenance simpler, and execution faster. Mastering Perl isn't a collection of clever tricks, but a way of thinking about Perl programming for solving debugging, configuration, and many other real-world problems you’ll encounter as a working programmer.

The third in O’Reilly’s series of landmark Perl tutorials (after Learning Perl and Intermediate Perl), this fully upated edition pulls everything together and helps you bend Perl to your will.

  • Explore advanced regular expressions features
  • Avoid common problems when writing secure programs
  • Profile and benchmark Perl programs to see where they need work
  • Wrangle Perl code to make it more presentable and readable
  • Understand how Perl keeps track of package variables
  • Define subroutines on the fly
  • Jury-rig modules to fix code without editing the original source
  • Use bit operations and bit vectors to store large data efficiently
  • Learn how to detect errors that Perl doesn’t report
  • Dive into logging, data persistence, and the magic of tied variables
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    5.0

    Goosebumps by chapter 2

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    Comments about oreilly Mastering Perl, 2nd Edition:

    When a book has you giddy with excitement by the end of chapter 1, and running around the room by chapter 2, you know it's going to be good. I consider myself a pro Perl programmer, and I got a ton and a half of useful knowledge out of this book. Nothing goes over your head: the writing is at precisely the required level. And the author keeps it fun until the very last page (Pumpking indeed!).

    I can't recommend it enough for any upper-mid to advanced Perl programmer. Everyone else should read Intermediate Perl first (I didn't, but somewhat wish I had). My only gripe is the quantity of errors, over 30 that I have submitted to the errata web page. A second edition should reduce the error count, not increase it!

    This book was donated by O'Reilly to our UNIX User Group for review.

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    Professional Programs with Perl

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      I have his first edition, as expected grate book to read and very informative.

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      4.0

      Early release is an early release

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        Comments about oreilly Mastering Perl, 2nd Edition:

        This review is based on the Early release revision 1. The book is at best half done, so at this point so it is really EARLY. Half of the chapters in the Table of Contents are marked as "Chapter to come".

        What is mastering Perl? For the author it looks like it is the capability to produce good quality code useful to other Perl users. This manifests in the chapter titles. There are 18 Chapters from Introduction to Modules as Programs (both yet to be written). Other chapters include regular expressions, secure programming, profiling, logging, benchmarking, etc. All of the chapters have a Summary and also a Further Reading sections. There is also a Further Reading appendix.

        The book follows normal O'Reilly typographic conventions and examples are easy to read. The flow of text is also pleasant. Only thing to complain is about how early this early release was, but it is unfair to complain too much about it as I knew it was an early release and the book is not yet finished and I'm going to get all updates and the completed book.

        At this point it looks good and I'm quite confident that the final product will be something that I'm proud to recommend.

        ps. I got this book free of charge via O'Reilly Blogger review program.

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