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Perl module P201
Introduction
Exercises, examples and other material relating to training module P201. This topic is presented on public courses Deploying LAMP - Linux, Apache, MySQL, Perl/PHP, Linux Web Server, Perl Programming, Perl bootcamp

Perl is a programming language that can be used in a wide range of applications from system management through to web applications, and from simple data filtering through to heavy data analysis. This module introduces you to the world of Perl and helps you define where you can and where you should be using it.

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2832Are you learning Perl? Some more examples for you!
One of the things that you'll get on a Well House Consultants course is new code written by the tutor in front of your very eyes. We do that because: • you need to learn not only how code works, but also the though code process behind the code - not only how it is written in a ceratyin way but ...
2010-06-27
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2812What is Perl?
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2010-06-18
 
317Programming languages - a comparison
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2010-05-16
 
2070Converting to Perl - the sort of programs you will write
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924The LAMP Cookbook - Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP / Perl
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1852Perl and Blackberries
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2008-11-02
 
1753Perl v PHP, choosing the right language
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2008-08-14
 
1717Q - Should I use Perl or Python?
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2008-07-23
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577Learning to program in Perl or PHP
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2008-06-11
 
846Is Perl being replaced by PHP and Python?
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2006-08-27
 
594Twice is a co-incidence and three times is a pattern
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2006-06-09
 
629Choosing the right language
Why are there so many different computer languages? It's partly because there are many different types of things that need to be done in a programming environment and they require different mixes of facilities. And the addition of facility "x" which is really important for application "y" makes the ...
2006-06-09
 
691Testing you Perl / PHP / MySQL / Tcl knowledge
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2006-06-05
 
743How to debug a Perl program
Have you every written a Perl program that doesn't perform as you would wish? Yes, everyone who's written a Perl program has done that. Once any syntax errors have been corrected, you run your program for the first time and you check - VERY carefully - the results. Any errors, and the patterns of errors, ...
2006-06-05
 
Examples from our training material
calc   Command line / STDIN Perl calculator
pear_ex   A short program to handle substantial data
pex2   Extended end of day one demonstration
pex3   Same thing - sorted!
pex4   Short Perl program ... XML output
s_c3   Screen Counter demo - look for RasterFlex boards
talker   Simple talker written in Perl
urler   Splitting out a URL
whc.pm   Sample standard set of subroutines to share between applications
Background information
Some modules are available for download as a sample of our material or under an Open Training Notes License for free download from http://www.training-notes.co.uk.
Topics covered in this module
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.
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