Teach Yourself Perl 5 in 21 days. David Till. Table of Contents: Introduction q Who Should Read This Book? q Special Features of This Book q Programming. Perl is a general-purpose programming language, but it has outstanding strengths in The book is intended for beginners: readers who are new to Perl, and. Perl is fast, especially at common tasks in biology: file manipulation and pattern matching. ▫ Good at manipulating large data sets or performing the same task.
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What does this book cover? Installing Perl on Windows and UNIX; Making use of online Perl resources like CPAN; First principles in programming and the Perl. discipline, things like potatoes, pasta, and Perl are the basis of works of art that " hit the spot" in a most So too, much of our Perl programming is ephemeral. Here is a perl program that does almost the same thing: print @ARGV; . A pragma is a module that controls the behavior of Perl. To use the.
However, few universities use Perl as a teaching language. Hence the need for a self-instruction textbook, like this one. Beginners need to focus on the core of the language, bypassing features which are not essential in the early stages.
Perl started out as the "Swiss army knife" of computer languages and was used primarily by system administrators, but over time it's grown into an immensely robust language used by web-developers and programmers worldwide. It's also a great way to learn programming techniques and develop your own style of coding. We'll take you from installation, through the core language elements - regular expressions, references, modules and the like - and onto basic applied techniques. There are many inbuilt functions and operators used during file handling in Perl.
In this tutorial, you will learn- Perl Open file We can open a file using open function available in Perl. Is it for reading or writing?
Consider we have a perl file with name file. We need to open this file and print the same. Now, we will write a program to create and write data to a perl file. The above way will always try to create a file named test. We will see few more examples and other functions which help in understanding more about files. This method is used to position the file pointer to a specific location by specifying the bytes followed by either start of the file pointer or end of the file pointer.
Zero will set it from the beginning of the file. Let input. We can also handle directories through which we can handle multiple files. We can use the opendir and readdir methods.
Subroutines are similar to functions in other programming languages. We have already used some built-in functions like print, chomp, chop, etc. We can write our own subroutines in Perl. These subroutines can be written anywhere in the program; it is preferable to place the subroutines either at the beginning or at the end of the code.
Most of the reusable code requires parameters to be passed to the subroutine. Here, we will learn how we can pass arguments to the subroutine. Main functionality of subroutines is to do some task and return the result of the reusable code.
We can return a value from subroutine using the return keyword. We can also pass hashes and array directly to the subroutine. Inside Sub-routine2b1aAfter Sub-routine call2b1a Perl Format Perl has a mechanism using which we can generate reports.
Using this feature, we can make reports exactly the way we want while printing on the Output screen or in a file. A simple format can be written using printf or sprintf functions available in Perl. The same can be used for sprintf. Using printf and sprintf, we can obtain most of the Perl formats.
In the case of reports, it will be difficult to implement. Example of a Report: This can be achieved by using the perl printf and perl sprintf. It can effectively be implemented using format. A format can be declared in the below manner. Here, we will be using a particular method write to print the data onto output screen or into the file. Assumes as a comment if single provided.
Execute the code to see the output. We can change this to file handler which we are using to write data into the file. This will output the format to the file which we are working on. Perl Coding Standards Each programmer will have his own sense of writing the code using certain standards; these standards should be familiar enough that other programmer can understand and support the code properly.
Writing code is simple and easy. The problem arises when it needs to be maintained at later stages. Proper guidelines and coding standards need to be followed while writing the code.
Perl also defines certain standards that will be useful for programmers to write code. It is advisable to load 'strict' and 'warnings module' while writing the code. Each of these modules has its own importance.
Strict will make us declare the variable before using and also will tell if any bare word present in your code. Warnings module can alternatively be used by passing '-w' option to the Perl interpreter in shebang. Warnings will print on the output screen. Use 'strict' and 'warnings' module. Remove variable, which is not in use. Variable names should be understandable to other users.
Documentation is required while coding a script. Do not hardcode any values, rather try to fetch those dynamically or ask the user to enter during runtime. File path, File names. Maximize code reuse. Try to put the reusable code in subroutines. Meaning full names should be given for subroutines.
Subroutines need to written with appropriate comments and documentation. Always initialize variables. Always check the return codes for system calls. Opening a file may or may not happen, having a return code here will display the error status if the file does not exist.
Open curly in the same line. Use underscore while long phrases of words are written as a variable name or subroutine. Try to use simple regex while coding. Perfect example with coding standards: Program to read the file content Date: An exception is an event that occurs during the program execution which will suspend or terminate your program.
Error Handling Error Handling is one which every programmer has to take care during programming. Perl also provides error handling techniques with which we can trap the error and handle those accordingly. There are many ways to check for error in the program. We need to examine the return codes of the function that we are using code. If we are able to handle those return codes properly, then most of the error handling can be achieved.
What will return in case of system calls? Using Perl operator or Logical We can use logical or operator for error handling while using system calls. What if the file is missing? Perl Eval function can have a block of code or an expression.
Evals considers everything placed in it as a string. Consider a situation of calling a subroutine which is not defined in the script. There are many uses of evals block; one such use is when we want to load the module which is specific to the operating system during runtime.
Divide by zero causes a fatal error; to handle this we can place the code in evals block. Dieing in sub test Using Perl Try Perl does not support try, catch and finally code blocks as other programming languages. We can still use them by loading an external Perl module. Tiny; Using this we can place your code in try block and catch the error in warn block. We can use try, catch and finally in this manner.
Perl Socket programming What is a socket? The socket is a medium through which two computers can interact on a network by using network address and ports.
Suppose, A Server and B Client are two systems, which has to interact with each other using Sockets for running some programs. To implements this we need to create sockets in both A Server and B Client , A will be in the receiving state and B will be in the sending state.
A Server: Here, the server wishes to receive a connection from B Client and execute some tasks and send the result back to B Client. When we execute the code, the operating system in A tries to create a socket and binds one port to that socket. Then it will listen from the sender which is B. B Client. Here, the client wishes to send some program from his system to A Server for some processing. When we execute the code, the operating system in B tries to create a socket for communicating with A Server , B has to specify the IP address and the port number of A to which B wishes to connect.
If this goes well, both systems will interact to exchange the information through one port. Perl also supports socket programming. Perl has a native API through which sockets can be implemented.
To make it easy, there are many CPAN modules using which we write socket programs. Server operations: Create Socket Bind socket with address and port Listen to the socket on that port address Accept the client connections which tries to connect using the port and IP of the server Perform operations Client Operations: This module does not support the INET network type used in networks. All the methods available in IO:: Sockets are inherited in INET module. Client and Server using TCP protocol: TCP is a connection-oriented protocol; we will be using this protocol for socket programming.
Before proceeding further let's see how can we create an object for IO:: INET module and create a socket. INET module accepts a hash as an input parameter to the subroutine. This hash is predefined, and we just need to provide the values to the keys which we want to use. There is a list of keys used by this hash. In socket programming, we will have to execute Server.
What is Perl Modules and Packages Modules and Packages are closely related to each other and are independent. A Perl package is also known as namespace and which have all unique variables used like hashes, arrays, scalars, and subroutines.
Module is a collection of reusable code, where we write subroutines in it. These modules can be loaded in Perl programs to make use of the subroutines written in those modules.
What are Perl Modules? Standard modules will get installed during installation of Perl on any system. Our own customized Perl Modules which can be written by us. Basically, A module when loaded in any script will export all its global variables and subroutines. These subroutines can directly call as if they were declared in the script itself. Perl Modules can be written with. A module can be written by using 'package Foo' at the beginning of the program.
Basic Perl module: We can load a Perl module using require or use anywhere in the code. The major difference between require and use is, require loaded module during runtime and use loads during compile time. We can also access the package using 'use Arithmetic'.
This module has a default functionality of importing methods. Subtract method won't be exported if it not specified while loading the module. First, let's see what is the object? An object is an instance using which we can access, modify and locate some data in any Perl module. This is nothing but making your existing Perl package, variables and subroutines to act like class, objects, and methods in reference to other Programming Languages.
Create Class We already know how to create modules from the previous topic. The purpose of the class is to store methods and variables. A Perl Module will have subroutines which are methods. We need to access those variables and subroutines objects. Perl Constructor A constructor in Perl is a method which will execute and return us a reference with the module name tagged to the reference.
This is called as blessing the class. We use a particular variable for blessing a perl class, which is bless.
Whenever we try to create an object for the class, we need to use the full name of the class. And, if we want to access this perl class from the lib directory then we have to provide the entire path of to the class while calling in the script. How does Perl script know where library module exists? Perl only knows about current directory of the script and the Perl inbuilt library path.
Whenever we use, and Perl module, which is not located in the current directory or Perl library Path, the script will always fail. About INC, this is an array, which holds all directory paths where it has to look for the Perl modules.
Try to execute this command and see what will be the output. Whenever we use any new library module, we need to tell Perl, interpreter, to look into that particular location where Perl module is available. This will tell your interpreter to look into that Path. This is used to destroy your objects from memory. Error handling is very easy in Perl You can write long and complex programs on Perl easily due to its vastness.
This is in contrast with Shell that does not support namespaces, modules, object, inheritance etc.
Shell has fewer reusable libraries available. It's calls external functions commands like mv, cp etc depend on the shell being used. On the contrary Perl does useful work while using internal functions.
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Mac OS. Already Installed OSX comes with Perl pre-installed, although you may need to updated it to the latest version. The exponential operator used for provide exponent and get the value. Modulus operator used to get the reminder during division of two values or variables holding values.
Modulus operator used for getting a reminder during division and assigning the value to the same variable.