Mastering Algorithms with Perl
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: August 1999
Pages: 706

Many programmers would love to use Perl for projects that involve heavy lifting, but miss the many traditional algorithms that textbooks teach for other languages. Computer scientists have identified many techniques that a wide range of programs need, such as:

  • Fuzzy pattern matching for text (identify misspellings!)
  • Finding correlations in data
  • Game-playing algorithms
  • Predicting phenomena such as Web traffic
  • Polynomial and spline fitting
Using algorithms explained in this book, you too can carry out traditional programming tasks in a high-powered, efficient, easy-to-maintain manner with Perl.This book assumes a basic understanding of Perl syntax and functions, but not necessarily any background in computer science. The authors explain in a readable fashion the reasons for using various classic programming techniques, the kind of applications that use them, and -- most important -- how to code these algorithms in Perl.If you are an amateur programmer, this book will fill you in on the essential algorithms you need to solve problems like an expert. If you have already learned algorithms in other languages, you will be surprised at how much different (and often easier) it is to implement them in Perl. And yes, the book even has the obligatory fractal display program.There have been dozens of books on programming algorithms, some of them excellent, but never before has there been one that uses Perl.The authors include the editor of The Perl Journal and master librarian of CPAN; all are contributors to CPAN and have archived much of the code in this book there."This book was so exciting I lost sleep reading it." Tom Christiansen
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This book does indeed contain a wealth of information on a wide variety of traditional CS topics, and is well-written, with an engaging style. However, many of the code examples are written in highly idiomatic perl. One could argue that this is exactly the point, but one could also argue that there are times when the level of idiom goes beyond "elegant" and straight on into "obfuscated" or "perl golf", reducing the immediate utility of the book as a whole. Personally, I don't want examples to cut and paste into my programs, I want to them to clearly illustrate concept so I can write my own, tailored, implementations. Still, this is on the verge of nitpicking, and there (literally) is no replacement for this book.

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I wish I had this book when I was in university...

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There's something here for everyone from the novice to very experienced Perl users. It starts with the basics and builds very, very rapidly into complicated ideas without losing coherence. Most of the material is not what the casual user will ever need to use, but not above the understanding ofcasual users either, if you are looking at more complex projects or want to learn more. Good detail on sorting, complex data structures, higher math functions, and several other areas. This book is the jump to lightspeed as far as Perl resources go.

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