by Steve Oualline
February 2006, 336 pp.
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
"A must read for the professional Perl programmer."
"I find a lot of value in this book."
"A fine book that would be of interest to any Perl programmer, regardless of their expertise."
"This guide for Perl programmers presents directions for writing nearly 50 practical, problem-solving utilities."
"If you make a living coding Perl, it's worth a read."
"There were plenty of items in here that piqued my interest."
"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."
"Exemplifies the practical approach, highlighting utilities that make readers' computing and online lives easier."
"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."
Steve Oualline wrote this issue's Shell Corner column
"This is not your typical Perl book . . . great for a Perl programmer who has a flair for unique issues."
Interview with Steve Oualline
"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."
Book reviewed on syndicated radio program
"I'd recommend the book for Perl fans who like to see what other talented programmers are doing with the language."