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The Perl Cookbook is a comprehensive collection of problems, solutions, and practical examples for anyone programming in Perl. Topics range from beginner questions to techniques that even the most experienced of Perl programmers will learn from. More than just a collection of tips and tricks, the Perl Cookbook is the long-awaited companion volume to Programming Perl, filled with previously unpublished Perl arcana. The Perl Cookbook contains thousands upon thousands of examples ranging from brief one-liners to complete applications. Covered topic areas spread across nearly four hundred separate "recipes," including:

  • Manipulation of strings, numbers, dates, arrays, and hashes

  • Reading, writing, and updating text and binary files

  • Pattern matching and text substitutions

  • Subroutines, libraries, and modules

  • References, data structures, objects, and classes

  • Signals and exceptions

  • Accessing text, hashes, and SQL databases

  • Screen addressing, menus, and graphical applications

  • Managing other processes

  • Writing secure scripts

  • Client-server programming

  • Internet applications programming with mail, news, ftp, and telnet

These recipes were rigorously reviewed by scores of the best minds inside and outside Perl, foremost of which was Larry Wall, the creator of Perl himself. The Perl Cookbook is written by Tom Christiansen, Perl evangelist and coauthor of the bestselling Programming Perl and Learning Perl; and Nathan Torkington, Perl trainer and co-maintainer of the Perl Frequently Asked Questions list.

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