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.
Chapter 1: General Purpose Utilities
Chapter 2: Web Site Management
Chapter 3: CGI Debugging
Chapter 4: CGI Programs
Chapter 5: Internet Data Mining
Chapter 6: Unix System Administration
Chapter 7: Picture Utilities
Chapter 8: Games and Learning Tools
Chapter 9: Development Tools
Chapter 10: Mapping
Chapter 11: Regular Expression Grapher
General purpose utilities Website management CGI debugging CGI programs Internet data mining UNIX system administration Picture utilities Games & learning tools Mapping Regular expression grapher
You can do a lot strange and wonderful things with the Perl language - if you know how. Many Perl programmers have been frustrated at one time or another because the system was missing some simple and obvious utility. Wicked Cool Perl Scripts is your guide to writing those utilities quickly and easily.
This book contains a wide variey of scripts including ones that make use of really cool Perl features (see script #1 Automatic Help Option) and Internet data mining (try script #18 Getting Stock Quotes or script #19 Comics Download).
It also contains games (like Teaching a Toddler, script #35), programs to make system administration easier (such as Mass File Renaming, script #21), and even a program to help someone hiking the Grand Canyon (script #42 Location Finder).
Even the most experienced programmer can benefit from script #47 the Regular Expression Grapher which shows you how a complex expression like /^.* (a l b l c). +$/ can be made into a simple, easilyunderstood graph.
If you¿re a Perl programmer who wants to learn the ins and outs as well as the hidden corners of the language, Wicked Cool Perl Scripts will show you simple and elegant hacks as well as some extreme examples of power programming. With Wicked Cool Perl Scripts in hand, you¿ll be doing things you never even thought possible in Perl. You¿ll be using the language to do real work, of course, but you¿ll also be producing wickedly cool programs.