This complete guide to the Perl programming language ranges widely through the Perl programmer's universe, gathering together information about Perl itself and its application to CGI scripts, XML processing, network programming, database interaction, and graphical user interfaces.Th e book is intended as a reference for experienced Perl programmers and beginners alike. In this second edition, the book has been expanded to include the latest version of Perl with information on Unicode processing in Perl, new functions and modules that have been added to the core language, and details on running Perl on the Win32 platform. The book also covers Perl modules for recent technologies such as XML and SOAP. Topics covered include: basic Perl reference; quick reference to built-in functions and standard modules; CGI.pm and mod_perl; XML:modules; DBI, the database-independent API for Perl; sockets programming; LWP, the library for Web programming in Perl; network programming with the Net modules; Perl/Tk, the Tk extension to Perl for graphical interfaces; and modules for interfacing with Win32 systems.
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Author Biography - Nate Patwardhan
Ellen Siever co-authored Perl in a Nutshell, 1st Edition and the Perl Modules Reference for the Unix edition of the Perl Resource Kit. She is also co-author of Linux in a Nutshell. Ellen was a programmer for many years, until she decided that writing about computers was more fun. Stephen Spainhour co-authored Webmaster in a Nutshell, Perl in a Nutshell, 1st Edition, and contributed to many other O'Reilly titles. He is an avid fan of professional tennis, and when he's not checking for tennis scores on the Web, he enjoys cooking, electronic music, troubleshooting his home-built PC, and watching too much television. Nathan Patwardhan is an active Perl Monger and has extensive experience in system administration and application development for web based corporations. He is also the co-author of the first edition of Perl in a Nutshell and Programming with Perl Modules (distributed with the O'Reilly Perl Resource Kit).