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LinuxPR: New Perl book from Wrox Press

Mar 01, 2001, 20:50 (0 Talkback[s])

"Professional Perl Programming brings you the expertise of professional programmers, taking a problem solving approach to help you gain the knowledge you need."

"Perl is one of the most important scripting languages in use today. Open source, freely available, portable, versatile, and robust, powerful and easy to use, Perl is the first choice for thousands of professional web developers. But Perl is far more than a scripting language for the web. Supported by a comprehensive standard library and hundreds of third-party libraries, Perl is an increasingly popular choice for application programming."

"There are Unix shells that are now almost as capable as Perl, but they don't have the same range of library support and nothing like CPAN (Comprehensive Perl Archive Network) to encourage them. Technically, there is no reason why they might not have grown to challenge Perl as the scripting language of choice, but since they were traditionally thought of as "for scripts only", they never did. In this respect the defining moment for Perl was the introduction of proper support for modules and packages (and as a side-effect, objects) in Perl 5, which took it from being a better kind of shell script to a language that supported and encouraged the use of libraries. So, Perl is well suited for real-world applications - and if you don't believe me, just list the modules available on CPAN (www.cpan.org)." says Peter Wainwright the main author of this title."

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