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-- Completely revised and updated -- Covers the critical features incorporated into version 5.6 of Perl, including improved security, new database modules, and built-in functions -- Addresses changes to the Perl language including syntax changes, 64-bit numeric support, changes to the qw operator, binary number support, improved security features, new database modules, and new built-in functions -- Features thorough coverage of XML, SOAP, WML, TK, and HTML -- Provides hundreds of helpful programming examples, in-depth how-tos, and unique insider programming tips
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.18" Width: 7.44" Height: 2.35" Weight: 4.29 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 2002
ISBN 1932111107 ISBN13 9781932111101
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More About Steve Holzner
Steven Holzner is an award-winning author of technical and science books (like Physics For Dummies and Differential Equations For Dummies). He graduated from MIT and did his PhD in physics at Cornell University, where he was on the teaching faculty for 10 years. He's also been on the faculty of MIT. Steve also teaches corporate groups around the country.
Steve Holzner was born in 1957 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Woodbury, VT ?.
Reviews - What do customers think about Perl Black Book?
Best Perl book ever Feb 1, 2006
Steven Holzner has written many, many tech teach/reference books, but his Perl Blackbook is by far the best. The book features several characters, but focuses mainly on the Novice programmer and the Master programmer. The Novice works through the book, much as you would, learning about Perl along the way.
But don't let the "teaching" aspect of the book fool you - It is a tremendous reference book. Very well indexed, and covering most any subject that a Perl coder would run in to.
For anyone looking to learn: Get this book. For anyone looking for that 'beat all' reference book: Get this book.
One of the best Perl references ever Jul 28, 2004
This book can be used to learn Perl, the format goes through beginning topics very nicely, and then gets you working on tougher topics very quickly. However, I have found that this book is much more valuable as a reference. If there's ever a time you say to yourself, "Hmm, how can I do that in Perl?" or "What can I do with that function?" then this book can help. It covers a HUGE amount of topics, from the basics of Perl, to cgi, to network programming, to Tcl/Tk, to.... well, just about everything. If you need to learn something, then there's a good bet this book will teach you everything you need to know about it. Invaluable.
Everythign I had looked for Jul 20, 2004
When I discovered Perl, I was a C++ programmer. I wanted to more easily manipulate textual data, and let's face it, cgi programs are just not the happenin deal when it comes to web apps. Enter Perl. At the time I bought this book, I had seen a ton of Perl scripts doing what I wanted to do, but Perl as a language seemed so foreign to me. The Black Book bridged the gap wonderfully, and it is so well written that I managed to read most of it on a car voyage from Louisiana to California (I can't even read some of my favorite novels while traveling).
The book makes learning Perl a breeze, and it comes with a CD to check out any mentioned code you want (thought there is tons of code in the book anyway). The book and CD have tons of real world scripts that you can learn from and apply to the projects you are most probably already working on. I loved this book, and I think anyone who wants to learn Perl shoul start here.
Bottom line: Probably a better learning book than reference book (although it is still a good reference), this book made Perl easily accessible to me.
Essential desktop reference Jun 29, 2003
I have quite a few books on Perl, but most of them only warrant an occasional reference. This book, on the otherhand, is well-worn because I refer to it frequently. The examples are clear and concise. The book is well organized and flows nicely from topic to topic. If you are looking for one good book to get you started with Perl, and one that will grow with you, this is the book to get.
Excellent Reference Book May 30, 2003
I am an long-time programmer but new to Perl. I don't really need to re-read general programming concepts. What I am looking for is concrete examples of how to do things specifically in Perl. Of the four Perl books I own I believe that PBB best mets my needs. Each chapter starts with an "In Depth" section that explains the topic. These are well written but not usually necessary for my needs. The second part of each chapter is titled "Immediate Solutions". This is were I spend almost all of my time. In the past month I have put dozens of these solutions in my own code. They are well documented, concise, and to the point. These examples have paid for the book many times over. I would consider this book a "must have".