Just released by O’Reilly:
Perl combines great power — particularly in text editing — with convenience, and is found in countless web and system administration tools. This book, a classic written by some of the most highly recognized leaders in the Perl community, is the most sophisticated introduction to this language, updated for the most recent Perl versions and best practices.
Learning Perl, popularly known as “the Llama”, is the book most programmers rely on to get started with Perl. The bestselling Perl tutorial since it was first published in 1993, this new sixth edition covers recent changes to the language up to Perl 5.14. Reflecting years of classroom testing and experience, this edition is packed with exercises that let you practice the concepts while you follow the text.
This book reflects the combined experience of its authors, who have taught Perl at Stonehenge Consulting since 1991. Years of classroom testing and experience helped shape the book’s pace and scope, and this edition is packed with exercises that let you practice the concepts while you follow the text.
- Perl data & variable types
- File operations
- Regular expressions
- String manipulation (including Unicode)
- Lists & sorting
- Process management
- Smart matching
- Using third party modules
Perl is the language for people who want to get work done. Originally targeted to sysadmins for heavy-duty text processing, Perl is now a full-featured programming language suitable for almost any task on almost any platform-from short fixes on the command line to web applications, bioinformatics, finance, and much more.