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"Perl in a Nutshell is everything programmers have come to expect{from O'Reilly}: clear, concise and no-nonsense information on the subjects which matter...for the workaday programmer who needs an elbow-side reference manual or the occasional coder looking for a memory jogger, this book is worth it's weight in gold." -amazon.co.uk

"maintains the exceptionally high quality of the O'Reilly Nutshell series." --Steve Coe, Canada Computes, Dec 2000

"Good reference for the Perl monger, a good way for the experienced programmer to start getting work done in Perl. Rating 10/10." --Andrew Gardner, slashdot.com, May 1999

Here's The Scenario It is every nerd's righteous duty to learn to hack in Perl. And not just hack, but obfuscate, and do it well. Its a prerequisite for database interfaces, CGI, and system administration, and engineers use Perl all the time. So, figuring it was time to establish my Official Nerd status and get some work done, I set out for the book store. After wading through the piles of books on prognostications about the future of the internet and the 17 volume How to Use AOL series, I found Perl in a Nutshell. I'd done a little Perl before (certainly nothing that would qualify me as a hacker), but I've spent enough time in front of a computer staring into an Emacs buffer full of Verilog to feel like an experienced geek. I didn't want my hand held, and I didn't want a book aimed at the "Netscape for Idiots" crowd. I just wanted to start doing stuff in Perl. What you get Just as the subtitle states, this is A Desktop Quick Reference. Right from the start, the assumption is that you are going to do something of value very quicky with the knowledge that you are acquiring. Accompanying the exhaustive list of functions, the description of the goals and functionality of each module keeps the book narrowly focused on what Perl can do for you, and what you can be doing with Perl right now. A significant portion of the book is devoted to the most popular modules available on CPAN, which greatly expands the scope of things you can do with this book. The descriptions of the entire broad spectrum of Perl that the book covers are all written in the same style. A quick introduction develops the purpose of the module, and then its straight into the function reference. There is very little fooling around here, and that's the best reason to buy this book. A brief list of the most useful topics: * Basic language reference (reserved words and standard modules) * CGI and mod_perl * Database interfaces * Sockets and network programming * Perl/Tk

The introduction to Perl in the first four chapters is sufficient for the experienced coder, and the function reference makes it simple to jumpstart projects in Perl. Unlike some technical books whose indices and tables of contents are as nondescript as physically possible, Perl in a Nutshell actually has a useful index and table of contents that makes it rather simple to find what you're looking for. Should you buy this book? Perl in a Nutshell is a perfect book for its market. If you're an inexperienced programmer, or you have no use for Perl, this book will do nothing for you. If you want to get started in Perl, the authors suggest Programming Perl, which is the definitive work on the subject. That really is the place to start. If, however, you have the Camel or the Llama or the Ram, then the Camel head, as the preface names it, might just be a welcome addition to your Perl library. So What's In It For Me? You don't get tons of code. And it's short on philosophy. You get a reference, and you get what you paid for. So, when you're desperate to get it to work, or you've got a couple of hours to pull something out of thin air, this is the book you want on your desk because it is truly a complete reference. --Andrew Gardner, slashdot.com