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Learning to Program in Perl - training course
Learning Perl - whether you're new to programming or 'converting'.
Duration: 5 days • Price: $3100.00 or £1900.00 +VAT (with hotel room), or $2550.00 or £1550.00 +VAT (without room), • Venue: Melksham, England

Usually scheduled to meet customer needs or run as a private course. Please email for details
This course covers programming in the Perl language. Whether you'll be using Perl for data manipulation tasks, administration scripts, or web interaction, you should start here.

The first sections of this course introduce you gently to computer programming, using practical examples in the Perl language and leads on to writing some simple application programs so that you can see how the elements all slot together.

The core of the course introduces further fundamental parts of Perl. You'll learn about topics such as: regular expressions, lists, subroutines and hashes, and you'll be taught how to use them together in both traditional (keyboard and screen) and Web server-based work.

The course concludes with sections on resources that are available, and a forward-looking lecture that overviews many more of the facilities available in Perl, and what they can do for you.

This course is for delegates with little or no prior programming experience

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Perl is a widely used programming language, with a large base of existing programs installed on many sites. 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. Although many new applications are written in PHP, Python or Ruby where Perl would have been used in the past, Perl is still an excellent langauge, and still a good choice for many requirements.
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Learning to Progam (module Q100) What is programing? Why are there so many langauges? Which language for what purpose? How to plan your progamming project. Making best use of existing resources.
Programming Principles (module Q101) Stored programs - running from file. Sequential operation. Very fast, but an IQ of zero. Variable and variable types. Conditions and conditional code. Loops and named blocks of code. Collections. Libraries. Pointers and references. Compilers and Interpretters. Program and system design.
Analysing a Programming Task (module Q904) A small job. Learning about the job. Working it out. Writing. Testing. Error Handling. As a job gets larger. Summary.
Programming Algorithms (module Q110) Sorting. Coverage. Mean time between failure. Halflife.
Perl Fundamentals
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.
The Power of Perl
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.
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.
Creating your own Classes (module P213) Resume -- using a class. Background to instance variables. Variables, addresses of variables, contents of variables. A first class. Structure of the class file. The new method. Other methods in the class. Storing information using complex structures. Writing applications that are independent of the class internals. Using a scalar to store information within a class. Using a list to store information within a class. Using a hash to store information within a class. Further capabilities of a hash. The ability to provide generic set and get methods. AUTOLOAD. Summary.
More Objects (module P218) A Generic Class. Where to look for modules. Inheritance and hierarchy. The Base class. The derived class. Special methods. Imports and exports. Exporting variables. Importing variables. Further notes on object orientation. Extending our earlier generic example. Summary.
Application of Perl
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.

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Melksham, Wiltshire , England. A taxi transfer can be arranged if you'll be arriving by air from United States. Private Courses can be arranged on site in your country.
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• Multiple discount applies to bookings for second and subsequent delegates on the same running of a course, and on same order.
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For some applications, you'll learn all the Perl you need on this course. We can also offer advanced Perl training tailored to your needs.

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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