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Find a Perl programmer, and you'll find a copy of Perl Cookbook nearby. Perl Cookbook is a comprehensive collection of problems, solutions, and practical examples for anyone programming in Perl. The book contains hundreds of rigorously reviewed Perl "recipes" and thousands of examples ranging from brief one-liners to complete applications.The second edition of Perl Cookbook has been fully updated for Perl 5.8, with extensive changes for Unicode support, I/O layers, mod_perl, and new technologies that have emerged since the previous edition of the book. Recipes have been updated to include the latest modules. New recipes have been added to every chapter of the book, and some chapters have almost doubled in size.Covered topic areas include:

Manipulating strings, numbers, dates, arrays, and hashes Pattern matching and text substitutions References, data structures, objects, and classes Signals and exceptions Screen addressing, menus, and graphical applications Managing other processes Writing secure scripts Client-server programming Internet applications programming with mail, news, ftp, and telnet CGI and mod_perl programming Web programming Since its first release in 1998, Perl Cookbook has earned its place in the libraries of serious Perl users of all levels of expertise by providing practical answers, code examples, and mini-tutorials addressing the challenges that programmers face. Now the second edition of this bestselling book is ready to earn its place among the ranks of favorite Perl books as well.Whether you're a novice or veteran Perl programmer, you'll find Perl Cookbook, 2nd Edition to be one of the most useful books on Perl available. Its comfortable discussion style and accurate attention to detail cover just about any topic you'd want to know about. You can get by without having this book in your library, but once you've tried a few of the recipes, you won't want to.
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Anyone who is even slightly familiar with Perl presumably knows about the Camel Book (Programming Perl), but this indispensable companion is somewhat less well-known. That's a shame, because I find myself reaching for this more frequently than for the Camel; once you know the basics of the language, the Cookbook is a wonderful time-saver when you need a particular trick or technique. More than once I've spent an hour or so working out the details of a finicky regexp (a completely generic number-recognition expression, allowing for scientific notation and the like, is the first example to come to mind) only to find them helpfully supplied as examples in the Cookbook. Very highly recommended.more
Like any cookbook, culinary or computery, the Perl Cookbook is best enjoyed as a reference. While reading it from cover to cover will result in a deeper understanding of Perl problem solving, this book belongs on a shelf, watching over you while you work, until you hit a wall (the same wall you banged your head against until you started using Perl). Then, you just flip to the appropriate recipe, ordered by type, and with that, most of your problems are solved. Christiansen and Torkington have put together a fabulous collection of recipes, some being the everyday practices of an avid Perl programmer, while some are more esoteric, coming along only when you need to consider bytes instead of lines in a file, or need to write an RSS reader/feeder. You know, things that don’t normally come up to most people. I was impressed by the breadth of this book, and the coverage of its topics was well satisfying. It’s no wonder I look for the “O’Reilly book” first when picking up a new computer text. Well worth the time of any Perl programming looking for some inspiration.more
If you want to do something useful with Perl, start with this book. Full of useful examples and code samples, it will often offer several possible solutions. Copious amounts of working code.more
Very useful, well worth it. Getting a book like this and having it save you the time of working out how the (yes, come on, admit it, a lot of perl syntax etc. is quite arcane) actual program should be set out, formatted or whatever, is fantastic. Several times this book has done that for me, so one of the best computer book purchases I have ever made.more
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Anyone who is even slightly familiar with Perl presumably knows about the Camel Book (Programming Perl), but this indispensable companion is somewhat less well-known. That's a shame, because I find myself reaching for this more frequently than for the Camel; once you know the basics of the language, the Cookbook is a wonderful time-saver when you need a particular trick or technique. More than once I've spent an hour or so working out the details of a finicky regexp (a completely generic number-recognition expression, allowing for scientific notation and the like, is the first example to come to mind) only to find them helpfully supplied as examples in the Cookbook. Very highly recommended.more
Like any cookbook, culinary or computery, the Perl Cookbook is best enjoyed as a reference. While reading it from cover to cover will result in a deeper understanding of Perl problem solving, this book belongs on a shelf, watching over you while you work, until you hit a wall (the same wall you banged your head against until you started using Perl). Then, you just flip to the appropriate recipe, ordered by type, and with that, most of your problems are solved. Christiansen and Torkington have put together a fabulous collection of recipes, some being the everyday practices of an avid Perl programmer, while some are more esoteric, coming along only when you need to consider bytes instead of lines in a file, or need to write an RSS reader/feeder. You know, things that don’t normally come up to most people. I was impressed by the breadth of this book, and the coverage of its topics was well satisfying. It’s no wonder I look for the “O’Reilly book” first when picking up a new computer text. Well worth the time of any Perl programming looking for some inspiration.more
If you want to do something useful with Perl, start with this book. Full of useful examples and code samples, it will often offer several possible solutions. Copious amounts of working code.more
Very useful, well worth it. Getting a book like this and having it save you the time of working out how the (yes, come on, admit it, a lot of perl syntax etc. is quite arcane) actual program should be set out, formatted or whatever, is fantastic. Several times this book has done that for me, so one of the best computer book purchases I have ever made.more
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