Order (or just read more about) Perl Cookbook from Amazon.com
This is designed to be the companion to Programming Perl. Unlike its that book, where the
examples are often tersely explained if at all, this book has
complete and often quite detailed discussion about each program
However, it does not (and is not meant to) stand alone. You'll
still need Programming Perl or some other reference if you don't
already know the basics.
Well organized, well written, with several hundred recipes in
all. But don't trust the recipes if you aren't an experienced
programmer, because at least some of them are wrong. For example, I
just happened to notice that the example program on page 361 that
supposedly could be used to sort mail files is actually incorrect:
it would not work correctly in the real world. Apparently the
author never tested it with real mail files, or his testing wasn't
rigorous enough (the problem is that it reads in paragraph mode;
that can't work for mail files because the end of one can blend
right into another with no intervening space. See /Unix/mailsplit.html for an example of
As with most O'Reilly books, the example source and errata lists
can be found at http://www.oreilly.com.
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