March 13, 2004

New Book: "Perl Medic: Transforming Legacy Code"

Upper Saddle River, NJ (March 12, 2004) - Addison-Wesley, the leading publisher of advanced technology books, announces the publication of "Perl Medic: Transforming Legacy Code" by Peter J. Scott, a book to assist Perl programmers in the critical and commonplace task of maintaining inherited Perl code. "In the real world, you're lucky if you get to spend all your time developing one new program after another. Much of the time you'll have to deal with someone else's. In the real world, programmers take over responsibility for programs written by people they might not know, like, or agree with. Even if you're fortunate enough to avoid this situation, you'll still have to maintain your own code," Scott writes in his preface.

Within the text, Author Scott presents and explains the Perl software engineering practices which are best suited for enterprise environments. Within this framework, he details specific case studies of how to maintain, optimize and scale any Perl software, regardless of when it was written, and by whom.

"Perl Medic is more than a book. It is a well-crafted strategy for approaching, updating, and furthering the cause of inherited Perl programs," said Allen Wyke, co-author of several computer books, including "JavaScript Unleashed" and "Pure JavaScript".

Peter J. Scott runs Pacific Systems Design Technologies, providing Perl training, application development, and enterprise systems analysis. A Perl developer for more than 20 years, he has created programs for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He is the lead author of "Perl DeBugged", Addison-Wesley, copyright 2001.

To see the table-of-contents and other book information, visit the Addison-Wesley site.

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