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Programming in PERL: Advanced Topics

Recommended Duration:
2 Days
Version
SUN Solaris (V7-V10), IBM AIX V4.3, 5L (V5.1 and V5.2), HP-UX (V11 and V11i), and SGI IRIX V6.5, Linux (Red Hat * SuSe)
Benefits
This course teaches advanced concepts and capabilities that can be used to write procedures in PERL (V5), especially the new interfaces that use object-oriented features. Each student will be able to use PERL techniques and commands to write scripts to perform various user and administrative tasks, implementing advanced features of the language.
Audience
Experienced PERL Developers needing to increase their Perl skills.
Prerequisites
Completion of the "Programming in PERL: Basic/Intermediate" or equvalent experience is assumed.
Major Topics
  • Using PERL References
  • Purpose of references
  • Querying a reference
  • Symbolic references
  • References to functions: named functions, anonymous functions, callbacks
  • Multi-dimensional arrays
  • Complex data structures
  • Using PERL Typeglobs
  • PERL variables, symbol tables, and scope
  • Typeglobs compared with references
  • PERL Modules and Packages
  • Basic packages
  • Packages and component files
  • Initialization and destruction
  • Accessing the symbol table
  • Preparing a package for distribution with h2xs
  • Object Oriented PERL Programming
  • Objects in PERL
  • Inheritance
  • Argument passing
  • Methods of Persistance
  • FreezeThaw.pm / Storable.pm / MLDBM.pm
  • DBI (Database Interface)
  • PERL Scripts for
  • Networking with Sockets
  • Server-side functions and setup
  • Client-side functions and setup
  • Installing PERL modules from the CPAN
  • Adding documentation to a module/program
Exercises
There are several hands-on machine exercises. All five Unix platforms will be available for lab exercises.