Perl Hacks
Tips & Tools for Programming, Debugging, and Surviving
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: May 2006
Pages: 298

With more than a million dedicated programmers, Perl has proven to be the best computing language for the latest trends in computing and business. While other languages have stagnated, Perl remains fresh, thanks to its community-based development model, which encourages the sharing of information among users. This tradition of knowledge-sharing allows developers to find answers to almost any Perl question they can dream up.

And you can find many of those answers right here in Perl Hacks. Like all books in O'Reilly's Hacks Series, Perl Hacks appeals to a variety of programmers, whether you're an experienced developer or a dabbler who simply enjoys exploring technology. Each hack is a short lesson--some are practical exercises that teach you essential skills, while others merely illustrate some of the fun things that Perl can do. Most hacks have two parts: a direct answer to the immediate problem you need to solve right now and a deeper, subtler technique that you can adapt to other situations. Learn how to add CPAN shortcuts to the Firefox web browser, read files backwards, write graphical games in Perl, and much more.

For your convenience, Perl Hacks is divided by topic--not according toany sense of relative difficulty--so you can skip around and stop at any hack you like. Chapters include:

  • Productivity Hacks
  • User Interaction
  • Data Munging
  • Working with Modules
  • Object Hacks
  • Debugging

Whether you're a newcomer or an expert, you'll find great value in Perl Hacks, the only Perl guide that offers somethinguseful and fun for everyone.

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Good collection. Wish more.

By AR the Genius

from DE

About Me Architect, Designer, Developer


  • Easy to understand
  • Helpful examples
  • Well-written


  • Need more hacks
  • Not for beginners

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  • Expert
  • Intermediate

Comments about oreilly Perl Hacks:

If "Perl Cookbook" can take care of beginners this is for intermediate - advanced.
Good to have. I find about 5-10% of the hacks usable straightaway for my current projects. Sure I will use more in near future. Just scanning all the hacks is certain to take the reader to a higher confidence level.
Hope one day this book will be released with several times more # of hacks 'cause I am sure there are SO MANY more out there. Possibly as an e-book of say like 2K pages.

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A Great Collection of Perl Tricks

By Shlomi Fish

from Undisclosed

Comments about oreilly Perl Hacks:

I received this book as a token of appreciation for my contributions to the 2006 Perl Advent Calendar ( . It's the first book I read as part of the O'Reilly Hacks' series of books ( , and it proved to be a light yet informative and entertaining read.

The book covers various useful "hacks" or small tricks that allow one to achieve a lot of cool tasks when working with Perl. These tricks are unorthodox and stretch the limit of one's Perl knowledge. Since they require an advanced knowledge and understanding of Perl, I would recommend this book only for Perl experts. Some of the B:: using modules were even too high-level for me to understand how they worked internally. However, I understood the purpose of the code in all cases, even if I didn't understand the code itself.

So it is a recommended read for people who've worked with Perl a lot, and wish to learn many new and useful tricks. Perl Hacks for Perl hackers, indeed!

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