Perl: A Beginner's Guide

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Essential skills for first-time programmers! Perl: A Beginner's Guide will teach you the fundamentals of Perl programming. It covers Perl capabilities and syntax, accessing databases, working with modules, CGI programming, debugging and much more. This beginner's guide is designed for easy learning: Modules: Each programming concept is divided into logical modules (chapters), ideal for linear learning Goals: Each module opens with the specific programming skills you’ll have by the end of the module Ask the Experts: Q&A sections throughout 1-Minute Drills: Quick self-assessment sections to check your progress Annotated Syntax: Example code annotated with commentary that points to the particular technique illustrated Projects: Coding exercises contained in each module that build on one another, from simple to complex Mastery Checks: End-of-module reviews that test proficiency using multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, and simple coding questions

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Essential Skills for First-Time Programmers!

Learn the basics of Perl programming from the tutorials and examples in this easy-to-follow resource. Perl: A Beginner's Guide covers fundamentals, such as general syntax and semantics, control structures, subroutines, and regular expressions. The book explains how to use Perl modules, access databases, write CGI programs, and debug code. The examples throughout the book walk you through real-world programming tasks. To speed your progress, the source code for all projects is available free online. Start programming in Perl right away with this self-paced, step-by-step learning solution.

This Beginner's Guide is Designed for Easy Learning:

  • Modules - Each programming concept is divided into logical modules (chapters), ideal for individualized learning
  • Goals - Each module opens with the specific programming skills you'll have by the end of the module
  • Ask the Experts - Q&A sections throughout are filled with extra information and interesting commentary
  • 1-Minute Drills - Quick self-assessment sections to check your progress
  • Annotated Syntax - Example code annotated with commentary that points to the particular technique illustrated
  • Projects - Coding exercises contained in each module show how to apply what you are learning
  • Mastery Checks - End-of-module reviews that test your knowledge using short-answer, multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, and simple coding questions

About the Author:

R. Allen Wyke (Durham, NC) is a Director of the Product Technology at Engage Technologies. He is constantly working with XML, JavaScript, Perl, and other Internet technologies in implementing the company's online marketing software and services. His writing credentials include co-authoring JavaScript Unleashed, 3/e, Pure JavaScript, The Perl 5 Programmer's Reference, The Official Netscape Navigatior 4 Book, and an Internet resource book for college graduates (Pileline Press). In his spare time, Allen writes the monthll Webmaster column for SunWorld, and a weekly article, Windows and Unix Integration, for ITworld.com. Donald B. Thomas (Clayton, NC) is a software design engineer at Engage Technologies, where he works on in-depth integration projects with major online companies. He works with WML, XML, JavaScript, Perl, Java, and other Internet technologies.

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