16 of the Best Free Perl Books - Part 3
9. Learning Perl the Hard Way
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:
- Arrays and
Scalars - describes the statements and operators needed to read
command-line arguments, define and invoke subroutines, parse
parameters, and read the contents of files
- Regular Expressions
- covers pattern matching, anchors, quantifiers, alternation, capture
sequences, minimal matching, extended patterns, operators, and
- 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.
10. Embedding Perl in HTML with Mason
||Dave Rolsky, Ken Williams
||HTML, pseudo-POD source
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 License.
11. Practical Perl Programming
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 recommended
reading on the subject, presented in HTML format. A PDF version is
available to Cardiff University students only.
This books covers the following areas:
- Numeric and String Literals
- Perl Statements
- Files - Input and Output in Perl
- Regular Expressions
- Special Variables
- Handling Errors and Signals
- Objects in Perl
- Perl Modules
- Perl Command-Line Options
- Networking with Perl
- CGI Programming in Perl
- CGI:Input -- HTML Forms
- Example Perl CGI Scripts
- Using Perl with Web Servers
- A Quick Guide to HTML
12. Perl for the Web
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.
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