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23 Excellent Free Books to Learn Perl

16. Perl 6 at a Glance by Andrew Shitov

Perl 6 at a GlanceThis book is about Perl 6, a programming language of the Perl family.

It covers many basic and in-depth topics of the language and provides the initial knowledge you need to start working with Perl 6.

The book does not require any previous experience with Perl, although some general understanding of programming is assumed.

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17. Think Perl 6 by by Laurent Rosenfeld, with Allen Downey

Think Perl 6Think Perl 6 is an introduction to computer science and programming intended for people with little or no experience.

This aim of this book is not primarily to teach Perl 6, but instead to teach the art of programming, using the Perl 6 language. After having completed this book, you should hopefully be able to write programs to solve relatively difficult problems in Perl 6, but my main aim is to teach computer science, software programming, and problem solving rather than solely to teach the Perl 6 language itself.

Think Perl 6 is a free book available under a Creative Commons license.

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18. Minimum Viable Perl by kablamo

Minimum Viable PerlMinimum Viable Perl is for developers who want to get up to speed with Perl quickly through concise tutorials.

In order to keep things short and to the point the author also chosen to be opinionated and intentionally left out some dicussions and edge cases that were uncommon or not essential. Instead he links to more information.

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19. Programming Perl by Kirrily Robert, Paul Fenwick, Jacinta Richardson

Programming PerlProgramming Perl is a five day module in which you will learn how to program in Perl.

It assumes you have programmed before, that you understand the concept of variables, conditional and looping constructs, and the use of user defined functions.

Chapters include:

  • A brief guide to Perl and perldoc.
  • Creating and running a Perl program.
  • Perl variables.
  • Operators and functions.
  • Conditional constructs.
  • Subroutines.
  • Regular expressions.
  • Introduction to Modules.
  • External Files and Packages.
  • Writing modules.
  • Building modules with Module::Starter.
  • Testing your module.
  • Using Perl objects.
  • References and complex data structures.
  • Advanced regular expressions.
  • File I/O.
  • System interaction.
  • Practical exercises.

This book is released under the Open Publications License 1.0.

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20. SDL::Manual Writing Games in Perl by Kartik Thakore

SDL::Manual Writing GamesSimple DirectMedia Layer(orlibsdl) is a cross-platform C library that provides access to several input and output devices. Its most popular usage is to provide access to the video framebuffer and input devices for games. SDL also has several extension libraries to provide features such as text display, sound mixing, image handling, and graphics effects.

This book has a two-fold purpose: first, to introduce game development to Perl programmers, and second, to introduce Modern Perl concepts through game development. While the examples assume some experience with Perl, no experience with SDL in Perl or as libsdl itself is necessary. The book presents a progression from simple to intermediate examples and provides suggestions for more advanced endeavors.

The chapters of this book increase progressively in complexity, but each chapter has a singular goal (such as chapter five’s Making Pong) which stands alone as an individual tutorial.

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DartClient-optimized language for fast apps on multiple platforms
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JavaScriptInterpreted, prototype-based, scripting language
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