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Perl Bootcamp - training course
The fundamentals of the language.

This course has been replaced by Perl Programming

This course covers the fundamentals of the Perl programming for computer professionals who are new to the language. Starting from a "Hello World" application, in the course of three days you'll get a taste of the major elements of Perl and you'll start to use it in applications as diverse as system admin tools, web scripting and heavy data manipulation.

This is an intensive Perl course that's designed for smaller groups in a single organisation rather than public presentation. For public courses, consider Learning to program in Perl / Perl Programming instead.
Some programming or scripting skills. editing etc.

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Perl is a very widely used programming language indeed, but it's name isn't well know outside the programming community as it's an open source language that lack the marketing "hype" - it's just a superb technical tool in a very wide variety of applications. It's name - PERL - stands for the "Practical Extraction and Reporting language" which is a pretty good sound-bite to tell you what it does.

A new release of Perl - Perl 6 - has been undergoing development for a considerable time. Our course covers Perl 5, and will continue to do so while it is dominant, but also includes a short look ahead to Perl 6 so that new code developers will be able to take advantage of it once it's available to them.
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Introduction (module P201) What is Perl?. Perl is a computer language. What does Perl cost?. What is Perl used for?. What computer do I need to run Perl?. Is Perl loaded onto my computer?. Perl platforms. Perl on Unix (including Solaris and Mac OS X). Perl on Linux. Perl on Windows. Perl versions. Older Versions. How do I find what version I have?. Macintosh OS X. Linux. Solaris. Windows 98 / Windows 2000 / Windows NT / Windows XP. Macintosh OS 9 and earlier. Loading Perl (Windows XP). Examples of Perl in use. Calculator. Screen locator and counter. A talker. A changing web page.
Perl Fundamentals (module P202) First Perl program. Comments and documentation. Comments. Documentation. Executable statements. Print statement. Variables and assignments. Calculations. Summary. Reading data. File handles. Read from operator. Strings v numbers. String operators. Summary.
Conditionals and Loops (module P204) The "if" statement. Structure. Conditions. Blocks. The "while" statement. Shorthand operators. Add and assign. Increment. Multiple assign. String expansion. Assignments within other statements. More on the increment operator. Ways of writing numbers. Summary.
Initial String Handling (module P205) String handling functions. String handling operators. Double-quoted strings. Single-quoted strings. qq and q strings. Here documents. Comparing strings exactly. Comparing strings to regular expressions. Summary.
More Loops and Conditionals (module P206) The variety that is Perl. More conditional statements. If -- single statement rather than a block. Unless -- an inverted if statement. Conditional operators. The ? : operator. More loop statements. The until loop. Single statement while and until loops. The for loop. The do - while loop. Breaking a loop. Labels. The goto statement. Summary.
File Handling (module P207) File input and output. File Handles. The open function. Reading from a file handle. Writing to a file handle. Closing a file. Other things you can handle through the file interface. File testing. Formatted printing. Floating point formats. Formats for whole numbers (integers). Formats for variable text strings. Constant text. sprintf. Summary.
Lists (module P208) Basics. Creating a list. Referencing an element in a list. Changing a list. The length of a list. Context. Summary. Functions that operate on lists. Functions that let you manipulate the elements within a list. Functions that let you re-order a list (returning a new list). Function to return the length of a list. Operators that relate to lists. Operators than manipulate strings and lists. Iterating through a list. List slices. Anonymous lists. Summary.
Subroutines in Perl (module P209) What are subroutines and why?. The limitations of "single block code". First use of subroutines. Structured programming. Object oriented programming. Calling a subroutine. Passing values out of subroutines. Passing values in to subroutines. Writing your own subroutine. Passing parameters in. Returning values. Writing subroutines in a separate file. Scope. Global Scope. my variables. A test program:. packages. Calling objects. Writing a class - an introduction.
Topicalization and Special Variables (module P210) Regular variables in Perl. Special variables. Topicalization. Special information variables and the English module. Reading the command line in Perl. Special variables that provide controls. Output control variables. Output buffering. Input controls. Special variables provided by Perl operations. Error information. Regular expression match information. Other special variables you may come across. Command line options.
Hashes (module P211) Setting up a hash. Accessing a hash. Individual elements. The whole hash. Processing every element of a hash. Keys and values. Each. Ordering a hash (sorting). Sorting using your own subroutine for comparison. Operators cmp and <=>. A more complex sort selector routine. Sorting with a comparison block. Programming techniques. Non-unique keys. Looking for matching keys. Use hashes for stock numbers. Deleting elements, clearing out hashes. Initialising hashes. Special hashes. %ENV. Summary.
More on Character Strings (module P212) Summary to date. Extracting information from a match. $1, $2, etc. Assign to a list. $`, $& and $’. More about regular expressions. What else can I put in regular expressions?. More brackets. Match modifiers. Global v Greedy. Alternative delimiters. Some favourite regular expressions. To match an email address. To match a UK Postcode. To match an American Zip code. To match a date (UK Style). To match a time. To match a complete URL for a web page. To match a Visa number. To match a Mastercard number. To match a UK Phone number. To match a UK car registration plate. To match a UK national insurance number. To match a book's ISBN number. Substitutions. Substitute and execute. Regular expression efficiency. tr. Handling binary text. Summary.
Perl on the Web (module P221) The HTML form. Inputs. URL encoding. Outputs. Headers. The reply page. All together!. The power of using Perl on the Web. A real example of Perl on the Web. Interfacing the Web to an SQL database. Summary.
System Dependencies (module P214) The philosophy. How is it so portable?. Finding out what system your script is running on. Shell access. System database enquiries. How Perl helps on crossplatform requirements. Text files - end-of-line characters. Handling Microsoft Word and Excel files in Perl. Summary.
More than Simple Lists and Hashes! (module P217) Multidimensional arrays. Multidimensional lists. Mixing the dimensions. Something more complex. Design first. Setting up the structure. Referencing the structure. Grouping in Perl. Interpreting a complex reference to a variable. Design MATTERS. Summary.
Handling Dates and Time (module P216) So far. File status operators. stat on a file. Via system commands. How Perl handles dates and times. Other date information available. Convertors. Convert from epoch seconds into "human readable" form:. Convert from human readable form to epoch seconds. Handling centuries. Elapsed time sleep. alarm. Summary.
Practical Example - Perl in use (module P772) The requirement. Introduction. Input and output. The plans. The detail. Plain Old Documentation (POD). Possible enhancements. On data validation. On data input and output. On extending the application. On the optimizing algorithm.
Libraries and Resources (module P219) Standard Perl modules. Pragmata. Standard modules. The CPAN. Installing from CPAN - an individual module. Installing from the CPAN - using the CPAN module. Installing modules via the Perl Package Manager. What’s on the CPAN?. Utility programs. Documentation. Web resources. Newsgroups. Perl information in newsgroups. A note of caution. Forums. Chat. Books. Meeting users, getting local support and training. User Groups. List Servers. Well House Consultants.
Perl 6 Look Ahead (module P256) Objects. Operators. String handlers. Comparison operators. Vectorised operators. Data types. Bindings. Subroutine bindings. Conditionals and loops. Topicalization. Switch statements. for and loop. Exception handling. Try blocks. Rules and grammar. Modifiers. Elements with a rule. Capturing. Concluding rules and grammar. Under the bonnet. Conclusion.
A Quick Look Ahead (module P770) Fundamental and advanced topics. How do these further facilities talk to Perl?. Other facilities in the Perl language. File handling and system administration functions. Object Orientation. Writing distributable modules. More complex data structures. Tieing. Writing network clients and servers. Binary Termio, and low-level file controls. Data Munging. Other built-ins. Other facilities in Perl - further modules. Interfacing to databases. XML and XSLT. Graphics and Perl. Writing Web clients. Talking to Microsoft applications. Perl in other guises. Interfacing to the Web via cgi. Interfacing to the Web via mod-perl. Other Web interfaces. Perl embedded within third-party applications. And also. Huge Data. Maintainable code.

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Further Perl training is available on our Using Perl on the Web and Perl for Larger Projects courses. If you're going to be using Perl to front a MySQL database but aren't familiar with SQL, have a look at our MySQL course.

Upon completion of your course, you'll have online access to the source code of all the examples from the course, and you'll have access to the "Ask the Tutor" forum where you can raise questions. We also encourage you to email the tutor, and to visit us again to use our library as appropriate.

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