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From the Frontiers of Research to the Heart of the Enterprise
O'Reilly Open Source Convention
Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina
July 22-26, 2002 -- San Diego, CA



Idiomatic Perl
Dave Cross, Magnum Solutions Ltd

Track: Perl
Date: Monday, July 22
Time: 1:45pm - 5:15pm
Location: Grande Ballroom C

There are many ways to write any given Perl program. Someone with a background in C will approach a problem differently to someone with a background in shell scripting. When you're new to Perl, this gives you an easy way to write your first programs. Any techniques that you used in previous languages will probably work in Perl.

But, like any other language, Perl has its own set of idioms. When you know and can use these, you will be writing code that plays to Perl's strengths. This will lead to code that is faster, more efficient and easier to maintain. You'll also be more productive.

We'll show you a number of common Perl idioms and explain how you can use them in your code (and, more importantly why and when to use them).

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