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    Perl Archive : TLC : Book Reviews : Network Programming in Perl by Lincoln Stein
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    Date Published: 2001-01-31

    Review by Jasmine Merced-Ownbey

        Title: Network Programming with Perl
    Author: Lincoln D. Stein
    Price: $39.95
    Pages: 576
    Publisher: Addison-Wesley
    ISBN: 0201615711
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    From my review as published on

    This book, replete with code, is one of the most useful resources I've come across. There aren't just code snippets here -- there are complete and useful programs, with explanations for each line of code. These line-by-line explanations not only make the code crystal clear, but it demonstrates how you can adapt the code to suit your specific need.

    It discusses the esoteric topics such as threading, sockets, parsing binary email attachments, and more in a very understandable and open fashion. It also discusses existing modules and their "hidden" usefulness (Hint: Net::Telnet can be used to SSH). The author is to be commended on his ability to make these cryptic topics understood.

    When I first flipped through Network Programming with Perl, I immediately found the solution to a problem I was having for the previous few days. A few more moments, I saw solutions to problems that associates were having. It's not very often a single book can do that without a thorough reading, but this one came through brilliantly.

    I strongly recommend this book to anyone serious about taking their Perl expertise to the next level.

    Note: In their generosity, both the author, Lincoln Stein, and the publisher, Addison-Wesley, have given the Perl Archive's Learning Center permission to reprint one entire chapter from Network Programming in Perl.

    Click here for the sample chapter

    Written by Jasmine Merced-Ownbey

    Jasmine Merced-Ownbey is the President/CEO of Tintagel Net Solutions Group, Inc. and the administrator of The Perl Archive.


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