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
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.