Perl in a Nutshell is a comprehensive reference guide to the Perl programming language. This book covers all the core features of the language. It ranges widely through the Perl programmer's universe, gathering together in convenient form a wealth of information about Perl itself and its application to CGI scripts, network programming, database interaction, and graphical user interfaces. It also gives detailed coverage about using Perl within a Win32 environment.
This book assembles more information about the language in one place than any other reference work. Here are just some of the topics covered in the book:
Basic language reference
Introduction to using Perl modules
Perl and CGI: CGI basics, CGI.pm, mod_perl
DBI, the database-independent API for Perl
Sockets programming in Perl
LWP, the library for World Wide Web programming in Perl
The Net::* modules
As part of the successful "in a Nutshell" series of books from O'Reilly & Associates, Perl in a Nutshell is for readers who want a single reference for all their needs.
Ellen Siever is a writer and editor specializing in Linux and other open source topics. In addition to Linux in a Nutshell, she co-authored Perl in a Nutshell. She is a long-time Linux and Unix user, and was a programmer for many years until she decided that writing about computers was more fun.
Stephen Spainhour co-authored Webmaster in a Nutshell, Perl in a Nutshell, 1st Edition, and contributed to many other OReilly titles. He is an avid fan of professional tennis, and when hes not checking for tennis scores on the Web, he enjoys cooking, electronic music, troubleshooting his home-built PC, and watching too much television.
Our look is the result of reader comments, our own experimentation, and feedback from distribution channels. Distinctive covers complement our distinctive approach to technical topics, breathing personality and life into potentially dry subjects. The animal featured on the cover of Perl in a Nutshell is a camel (one-hump dromedary). Camels are large ruminant mammals, weighing between 1,000 and 1,600 pounds and standing six to seven feet tall at the shoulders. They are well known for their use as draft and saddle animals in the desert regions, especially of Africa and Asia. Camels can go for days without water. If food is scarce, they will eat anything, even their owner's tent. Camels live up to 50 years. Ellie Fountain Maden was the production editor and project manager for Perl in a Nutshell. Nicole Gipson Arigo was the copyeditor, and Ellie Cutler proofread the book. Clairemarie Fisher O'Leary, Jane Ellin, Maureen Dempsey, and Sheryl Avruch provided quality control reviews. Seth Maislin wrote the index, and Robert Romano created the illustrations in Adobe Photoshop 4.0 and Macromedia Freehand 7.0. The inside layout was designed by Edie Freedman and Nancy Priest and was formatted in troff by Lenny Muellner, using ITC Garamond Light, ITC Garamond Book, LetterGothicMT, and LetterGothicMT-Oblique fonts. This colophon was written by Michael Kalantarian.
I love O'Reilly books. But this one, put simple, is a bit of a dud. If you are expecting the kind of quality you may have found in other Nutshell books (Unix in Nutshell for instance), you aren't going to get it.
Looking for a quick reminder of some weird syntax? You probably won't find it.
Looking for some good little examples of commands you havn't used yet? You won't find them.
Looking for any hint of style, humor, or insight? You won't get that either.
Looking for exhaustive lists of all the options of a particular module? Nope.
Looking for an attractive and seldom used paperweight? Here it is.