Perl Developer's Dictionary is a complete, well-organized reference to the Perl language and environment, including core syntax as well as Perl modules. Designed specifically for the experienced developer who needs a reference readily available on his or her desk to refer to on a daily basis, the book is extensively cross-referenced and indexed for optimal usability. In addition to providing a complete syntax reference for all core Perl functions, the book also provides quick access to language syntax, constructs, and other language issues. Each major section of the book is prefaced with a short introduction to provide background material on the subject at hand, and then is followed by a series of "dictionary" entries that cover exactly one topic, carefully cross-referenced and indexed with the rest of the book.
1. Basic Perl.
Getting Started. Running Perl. Basic Data Types. Data Representations. Blocks and Subroutines. Context. Plain Old Documentation. Basic Operators and Functions. String Operators. Hash and Array Operators. Pragmas and Directives.
Namespaces and Packages. Advanced Subroutines. Object-Oriented Perl Programming. Additional Pragmas. Tied Variables. Miscellaneous.
Basic Metacharacters and Operators. Anchors, Grouping, and Backreferences. Miscellaneous Regular Expression Operators.
Perl Command-Line Arguments. Perl Special Variables.
Perl and File Systems. Filehandles. Testing and Manipulating Filehandles. Reading and Writing Filehandles. Modifying the Filesystem. Directory Handles. Miscellaneous.
System Interaction. Signal Handling. Signal Handlers. Threads. Sockets. Process Creation/Modification. System Information. System V Interprocess Communication.
Introduction to Standard Module Library.