September 21, 2004

Master the Basics of Perl with This New Book

Julie Miller writes "Berkeley, CA - 20 September 2004âCommonly used for CGI programming and extracting and translating data, Perl is the workhouse of the Internet. With its no-frills, get-the-job-done attitude, Perl is the trusted source behind many websites, two high-profile examples being and Recognizing the need for an updated and comprehensive beginning Perl book, Apress and James Lee are proud to announce the publication of Beginning Perl, Second Edition.

"One could say that Perl is one of the easiest languages to learn, especially given its scope and flexibility," according to author James Lee.

Beginning level readers will appreciate Lee's clear explanations of Perl's core programming syntax such as variables, data types, and conditional constructs, which provide the necessary background for later advanced topics. Lee follows this discussion with a presentation of key language features such as regular expressions, object-oriented constructs, task automation, log processing, and Perl's array of networking capabilities. Whether Beginning Perl, Second Edition is read cover-to-cover or used as a reference book, the information contained within is invaluable to any Perl programmer.

"Perl is one of the most portable, if not the most portable, programming languages around.... A common statement heard in cyberspace is that Perl is the duct tape that holds the Internet together." Lee says.

Highlights of Beginning Perl, Second Edition:

*Example programs that are both easy to write and easy to follow
*End-of-chapter exercises to increase knowledge and expertise
*Information for both the Perl newbie and the devotee wanting to learn about the most current release

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Lee is a hacker and open-source advocate based in Illinois. He holds a master's from Northwestern University, and can often be seen rooting for the Wildcats during football season. As founder of Onsight, Lee has worked as a programmer, trainer, manager and writer. Lee coauthored the recently published Hacking Linux Exposed, Second Edition, as well as Open Source Web Development with LAMP. He enjoys hacking Perl and has written many articles on Perl for Linux Journal. Lee also enjoys developing software for the Web, reading, traveling and, most of all, playing with his kids--who are too young to know why dad's favorite animals are penguins and camels.


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Apress L.P., based in Berkeley, California, is a fast-growing publisher of technical books devoted to meeting the needs of information technology professionals. Apress is dedicated to publishing titles of the highest quality and has compiled a team of authors that reads like a veritable "Who's Who" of the computing industry.

Beginning Perl, Second Edition
James Lee, with Simon Cozens and Peter Wainwright
Published August 2004 * ISBN: 1-59059-391-X * $39.99 US * 429 pages

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