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0.4. Other Books

If you'd like to learn more about Perl, here are some related publications that we (somewhat sheepishly) recommend:

Programming Perl, by Larry Wall, Tom Christiansen, and Jon Orwant; O'Reilly & Associates (Third Edition, 2000). This book is indispensable for every Perl programmer. Coauthored by Perl's creator, this classic reference is the authoritative guide to Perl's syntax, functions, modules, references, invocation options, and much more.

Mastering Algorithms with Perl, by Jon Orwant, Jarkko Hietaniemi, and John Macdonald; O'Reilly & Associates (2000). All the useful techniques from a CS algorithms course, but without the painful proofs. This book covers fundamental and useful algorithms in the fields of graphs, text, sets, and more.

Mastering Regular Expressions, by Jeffrey Friedl; O'Reilly & Associates (Second Edition, 2002). This book is dedicated to explaining regular expressions from a practical perspective. It not only covers general regular expressions and Perl patterns well, it also compares and contrasts these with those used in other popular languages.

Object Oriented Perl, by Damian Conway; Manning (1999). For beginning as well as advanced OO programmers, this book explains common and esoteric techniques for writing powerful object systems in Perl.

Learning Perl, by Randal Schwartz and Tom Phoenix; O'Reilly & Associates (Third Edition, 2001). A tutorial introduction to Perl for folks who are already programmers and who are interested in learning Perl from scratch. It's a good starting point if this book is over your head. Erik Olson refurbished this book for Windows systems, called Learning Perl for Win32 Systems.

Programming the Perl DBI, by Tim Bunce and Alligator Descartes; O'Reilly & Associates (2000). The only book on Perl's relational database interface, by the author of the DBI module.

CGI Programming with Perl, by Scott Guelich, Shishir Gundavaram, and Gunther Birznieks; O'Reilly & Associates (Second Edition, 2000). This is a solid introduction to the world of CGI programming.

Writing Apache Modules with Perl and C, by Lincoln Stein and Doug MacEachern; O'Reilly & Associates (1999). This guide to web programming teaches you how to extend the capabilities of the Apache web server, especially using the turbo-charged mod_perl for fast CGI scripts and via the Perl-accessible Apache API.

Practical mod_perl, by Stas Bekman and Eric Cholet; O'Reilly & Associates (2003). A comprehensive guide to installing, configuring, and developing with mod_perl. This book goes into corners of mod_perl programming that no other book dares to touch.

The mod_perl Developer's Cookbook, by Geoff Young, Paul Lindner, and Randy Kobes; SAMS (2002). Written in a similar style to the Cookbook you hold in your hand, this book belongs on every mod_perl developer's desk. It covers almost every task a mod_perl developer might want to perform.

Beyond the Perl-related publications listed here, the following books came in handy when writing this book. They were used for reference, consultation, and inspiration.

The Art of Computer Programming, by Donald Knuth, Volumes I-III: "Fundamental Algorithms," "Seminumerical Algorithms," and "Sorting and Searching"; Addison-Wesley (Third Edition, 1998).

Introduction to Algorithms, by Thomas H. Cormen, Charles E. Leiserson, and Ronald L. Rivest; MIT Press and McGraw-Hill (1990).

Algorithms in C, by Robert Sedgewick; Addison-Wesley (1992).

The Art of Mathematics, by Jerry P. King; Plenum (1992).

The Elements of Programming Style, by Brian W. Kernighan and P.J. Plauger; McGraw-Hill (1988).

The UNIX Programming Environment, by Brian W. Kernighan and Rob Pike; Prentice-Hall (1984).

POSIX Programmer's Guide, by Donald Lewine; O'Reilly & Associates (1991).

Advanced Programming in the UNIX Environment, by W. Richard Stevens; Addison-Wesley (1992).

TCP/IP Illustrated, by W. Richard Stevens, et al., Volumes I-III; Addison-Wesley (1992-1996).

HTML: The Definitive Guide, by Chuck Musciano and Bill Kennedy; O'Reilly & Associates (Third Edition, 1998).

Official Guide to Programming with CGI.pm, by Lincoln Stein; John Wiley & Sons (1997).

Web Client Programming with Perl, by Clinton Wong; O'Reilly & Associates (1997).

The New Fowler's Modern English Usage, edited by R.W. Burchfield; Oxford (Third Edition, 1996).

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