Beginning Perl
By Curtis "Ovid" Poe
Publisher: Wiley / Wrox
Final Release Date: August 2012
Pages: 744

Learn the Perl skills employers are looking for

As one of the most influential programming languages in the world, Perl is used extensively in web development, data processing, and system administration. Whether you're new to Perl or looking to strengthen your real-world skills, this resource covers what you need to handle scenarios. Drawing on his decade-plus of Perl experience, Curtis "Ovid" Poe begins with a brief review of the basics of Perl, then moves on to demonstrate how you actually use Perl in the workplace. Additionally, hands-on exercises, invaluable advice, and real-world examples all contribute to making this book essential reading.

Beginning Perl:

  • Explains how to work with data using Perl's built-in functions
  • Shows how to handle Unicode in Perl
  • Details the basics of control flow and handling references, files, and directories
  • Devotes a full chapter to Object-Oriented Perl as well as a chapter on Moose
  • Provides a comprehensive introduction to automated testing
  • Touches on Catalyst, DBIx::Class usage, and other popular modules
  • Technical edit by chromatic, a well-known developer, prolific writer, and author of several Perl titles

"This is not your everyday Beginning Perl book. Not only does Ovid provide splendid coverage of Perl's basics and best practices, he also covers modern Perl techniques and modules, where Perl's real power lies. [It] is like being given Batman's utility belt: you have everything you need to do truly amazing things. If Perl were a shark, this book would teach you how to outfit it with lasers."
Paul Fenwick, Perl Training Australia

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Fresh start, even for experienced devs

By jf200399

from Germany

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  • Helpful examples
  • Well-written


    Best Uses

    • Intermediate
    • Novice

    Comments about oreilly Beginning Perl:

    I use Perl as my main language for more than 10 years. But I'm not working as a developer but as a management consultant (with computer science/engineering Background). Perl helps to solve all kind of problems with data munging and system communication.

    I wanted to update my Perl knowledge. This book is a good fresh start. The author shows how to use Perl today and you'll find a lot of advice why you should not use "old" ways of writing a script any more. The spectrum of subjects covered is very well compiled. The selection of examples and the evolution of the code (from OO to Moose) shows very well the advantages of different modules or ways of coding.

    What I missed was a chapter about Tk or the integration of Tk, Moose and ORM. But that's not really a subject for an introduction (and more my personal challenge).


    The best beginning resource on Perl

    By zacts and @vimhacker

    from New Mexico

    About Me College Student, Maker, Perl Hobbyist, Sys Admin, Vim Lover

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    • Accurate
    • Comprehensive
    • Concise
    • Easy to understand
    • Excellent Perldoc Hints
    • Helpful examples
    • Well-written


    • A Few Minor Editing Typos

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    Comments about oreilly Beginning Perl:

    This is the best beginning resource on Perl. It is well worth the money. Ovid takes you from being a complete beginner to being an entry level professional Perl hacker. Many on-line Perl tutorials and the latest editions of the O'Reilly book, Learning Perl, teach poor Perl practices in my opinion, such as including & in front of _every_ subroutine call. Ovid sets the record straight by teaching you how to think and reason about Perl the way the pros do, the correct way. This book will teach you the core of Perl, with many references to perldoc. If you want to learn Perl get this book, even if you are already a programmer and want to learn Perl. It is that good.

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