Computer Science & Perl Programming
Best of The Perl Journal
By Jon Orwant
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: November 2002
Pages: 762

In its first five years of existence, The Perl Journal ran 247 articles by over 120 authors. Every serious Perl programmer subscribed to it, and every notable Perl guru jumped at the opportunity to write for it. TPJ explained critical topics such as regular expressions, databases, and object-oriented programming, and demonstrated Perl's utility for fields as diverse as astronomy, biology, economics, AI, and games. The magazine gave birth to both the Obfuscated Perl Contest and the Perl Poetry contest, and remains a proud and timeless achievement of Perl during one of its most exciting periods of development.

Computer Science and Perl Programming is the first volume of The Best of the Perl Journal, compiled and re-edited by the original editor and publisher of The Perl Journal, Jon Orwant. In this series, we've taken the very best (and still relevant) articles published in TPJ over its 5 years of publication and immortalized them into three volumes. This volume has 70 articles devoted to hard-core computer science, advanced programming techniques, and the underlying mechanics of Perl.

Here's a sample of what you'll find inside:

  • Jeffrey Friedl on Understanding Regexes
  • Mark Jason Dominus on optimizing your Perl programs with Memoization
  • Damian Conway on Parsing
  • Tim Meadowcroft on integrating Perl with Microsoft Office
  • Larry Wall on the culture of Perl
Written by 41 of the most prominent and prolific members of the closely-knit Perl community, this anthology does what no other book can, giving unique insight into the real-life applications and powerful techniques made possible by Perl.

Other books tell you how to use Perl, but this book goes far beyond that: it shows you not only how to use Perl, but what you could use Perl for. This is more than just The Best of the Perl Journal -- in many ways, this is the best of Perl.

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Comments about oreilly Computer Science & Perl Programming:

The other title is "Best of The Perl Journal," and there's over 700 pages from the former magazine series. We all know that the magazine is no more, and has been for quite some time. That would make the material dated - sort of.

When I cracked the book open, the first information I found was immediately valuable to a project I was working on. I checked the table of contents for some similar information, and found yet another article that helped me out. Maybe "classic" is a more appropriate term than "dated." I certainly agree that this is the best of TPJ. It's like the Cookbook series, but so much more. Want to see just a little of what Perl can do? This book will be a good read. It will be a companion for quite a while before I finish it, and all the while I'll be looking for ways to make my own work better.

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This book is a real pleasure to read. The author gives just the right amount of details of perl programmig... Highly recommended!

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Very well-written and informative. I've been coding Perl for four years now, and this text is one of the best I've seen.

 
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