Learning Perl the Hard Way is a book for people who
already know how to program in another language, but have not
previously developed in Perl. It tries to get through the basics as
quickly as possible, and how to do fun things. It emphasizes
good programming style in Perl.
Learning Perl the Hard Way has chapters on:
Scalars - describes the statements and operators needed to read
command-line arguments, define and invoke subroutines, parse
parameters, and read the contents of files
Hashes - with sections on stack operators, queue
operators, hashes, frequency table, sort operator, checking whether an
element is a member of a set, references to subroutines, hashes as
parameters, markov generator, and generating random text
Objects - goes through packages, the bless operator,
methods, constructors, printing objects, and heaps
Modules - examines variable-length codes, the
frequency table, creating a new module, assembling the Huffman tree,
inheritance, and more
Callbacks and pipes
Learning Perl the Hard Way is a free book made available
under the GNU Free Documentation License.
The Embedding Perl in HTML with Mason book documents the
framework in detail, including chapters on component syntax, Mason
object APIs, a sample site walkthrough, recipes, and details on Mason's
advanced features and how to use them.
The book shows individuals how to create large, complex,
dynamically driven web sites that look good and are a snap to maintain.
You will learn how to visualize multiple Mason-based solutions to any
given problem and select among them. The book covers the latest line of
Mason development 1.1x, which has many new features, including line
number reporting based on source files, sub-requests, and easier use as
This book is published under the Open Publication
Practical Perl Programming is written by Dave Marshall,
a lecturer in the Computer Science at Cardiff
University. This detailed book offers a through tutorial on the Perl
programming language, based on course notes.
There is introductory material, the tutorial itself and
reading on the subject, presented in HTML format. A PDF version is
available to Cardiff University students only.
Perl for the Web provides tools and strategies
to improve the performance of existing Web applications in Perl. It
also provides principles and ideas that help Web programmers create an
extensible framework for future growth.
Topics covered include the need for speed, document
management with templates and embedded Perl, faster performance using
persistent Perl, good Web coding style, faster database access from
Perl, and pairing XML with Perl for content management and B2B
communication. Emphasis is placed on robust, scalable solutions for
dynamic database-backed, template-based or XML-based Web sites.
The book's focus on optimization is a unique approach.