Wicked Cool Perl Scripts

Useful Perl Scripts That Solve Difficult Problems
by Steve Oualline

February 2006, 336 pp.
ISBN: 978-1-59327-062-9

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Most Perl programmers have been frustrated at one time or another because the system just wouldn't do what they wanted it to do. There was that one simple and obvious utility that was missing that would make life so much easier: A tool to get a stock quote, show off a photograph collection, or even display a collection of favorite comics. Wicked Cool Perl Scripts is about writing those utilities quickly and easily. A collection of handy utilities that solves difficult problems, Wicked Cool Perl Scripts is a great resource for the savvy Perl programmer.


About the Author

Steve Oualline has been a programmer for 35 years. He is the author of many best-selling computer books, including Practical C Programming (O'Reilly), Practical C++ Programming (O'Reilly), and How Not to Program in C++.


Table of Contents

Chapter 1: General Purpose Utilities
Chapter 2: Web Site Management
Chapter 3: CGI Debugging
Chapter 4: CGI Programs
Chapter 5: Internet Data Mining
Chapter 6: Unix System Administration
Chapter 7: Picture Utilities
Chapter 8: Games and Learning Tools
Chapter 9: Development Tools
Chapter 10: Mapping
Chapter 11: Regular Expression Grapher

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Reviews

"A must read for the professional Perl programmer."
DesiCritics, September 19, 2006 (Read more)

"I find a lot of value in this book."
Edmonton Linux User Group, September 2006 (Read more)

"A fine book that would be of interest to any Perl programmer, regardless of their expertise."
Slashdot, June 28, 2006 (Read more)

"This guide for Perl programmers presents directions for writing nearly 50 practical, problem-solving utilities."
Book News, June 2006 (Read more)

"If you make a living coding Perl, it's worth a read."
About.com Focus on Perl (Read more)

"There were plenty of items in here that piqued my interest."
Duffbert’s Random Musings, May 28, 2006 (Read more)

"A book about kick-starting your programming imagination . . . will get you thinking about the most important issue you face as a programmer - creating practical solutions to your problems."
About.com Guide to Perl, May 22, 2006 (Read more)

"Exemplifies the practical approach, highlighting utilities that make readers' computing and online lives easier."
Library Journal Reviews, May 1, 2006 (Read more - subscription required)

"The examples are all easy to follow with excellent narrative . . . provides excellent and useful scripts to do the specific things the author intends them to be used for."
O’Reilly.net, April 24, 2006 (Read more)

Steve Oualline wrote this issue's Shell Corner column
UNIX Review, April 2006 (Read more)

"This is not your typical Perl book . . . great for a Perl programmer who has a flair for unique issues."
Free Software Magazine, April 20, 2006 (Read more)

Interview with Steve Oualline
Perlcast.com, April 18, 2006 (Read more)

"Steve has a very chatty writing style that pulls you into the book . . . He's good at combining scripts and got me thinking about some of the things I could do to automate some security operations."
The Perl Review, Spring 2006 (Read more - subscription required)

Book reviewed on syndicated radio program
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"I'd recommend the book for Perl fans who like to see what other talented programmers are doing with the language."
Computerworld, March 9, 2006 (Read more)

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