Chapters Part I: Basic Perl Part II: Intermediate Perl Part III: Advanced Perl Part IV: Perl and the Internet Appendixes
Part I: Basic Perl
Part II: Intermediate Perl
Part III: Advanced Perl
Part IV: Perl and the Internet
Welcome to Perl 5 by Example
Reading Perl 5 by Example is the easiest way to learn Perl! Teach yourself Internet programming and CGI scripting.
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This book is based on the learn-by-doing principle because I believe that simply reading about some subjects isn't enough. After all, you don't read about putting together a jigsaw puzzle, you put the puzzle together yourself! Programming is the same way. You must actually run some programs in order to really understand the concepts.
Perl 5 by Example teaches you how to use the Perl programming language by showing examples that demonstrate the concepts being discussed. The examples are designed to give you a chance to experiment-which in turn should clarify the material.- excerpt from the Introduction
DedicationTo my wife, Kathryn - David
About the AuthorDavid Medinets has been programming since 1980, when he starting with a TRS-80 Model 1. He still fondly remembers the days when he could cross-wire the keyboard to create funny-looking characters on the display. Since those days, he has spent time debugging Emacs on UNIX machines, working on VAXen, and messing around with DOS microcomputers. David is married to Kathryn and lives in Northwest New Jersey. He runs Eclectic Consulting and has co-authored Special Edition, Using Lotus Notes Release 4 (Que), Special Edition, Using Turbo C++ 4.5 for Windows (Que), Microsoft Office 95 Unleashed (SAMS), and Visual Basic Unleashed (SAMS) among others. David can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AcknowledgementsI'd like to thank all of the people at Que for making this book possible. You'll find their names listed on the Credits page so I won't list them all here. Susan Ross Moore deserves special thanks for figuratively watching over my shoulder as I worked. Her comments definitely made this a better book. Al Valvano was instrumental in making sure that everything came together at the proper time.
My wonderful wife deserves some thanks for letting me hang out on the Internet at all hours of the day and night while I did research for this book.
While writing this book, I have gleaned information from many books, articles, and web resources. Where a particular item greatly influenced my thinking, I have given credit in the appropriate section.
Dale Bewley helped to create Chapter 19, "What is CGI?" - Thanks Dale!
And, of course, no Perl author should forget to thank: Larry Wall for creating Perl in the first place; Tom Christiansen for his remarkable contributions to the Perl community; and Randal Schwartz for his Learning Perl book which every Perl programmer seems to have read.
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