Perl Programming on NT Training

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Course Description

Perl has been described as C, awk, sed, and shell programming all wrapped into one language. Learn how to take advantage of Perl's power through examples and extensive hands-on exercises. This course introduces object-oriented programming in Perl using an NT environment.
Course Length: 4 Days
Course Tuition: $1590 (US)


User-level skills in the NT environment are required. The ability to write programs in a high-level, structured language (such as C) is recommended.

Course Outline


Overview of Perl
What is Perl?
Running Perl Programs
Perl Scripts as Executable Programs
Sample Program
Another Sample Program
Yet Another Example

Perl Variables
Three Types of Variables
Variable Names and Syntax
Variable Naming
Scalar and List Contexts
The Repetition Operator

Arrays and Hashes
Example - The @ARGV Array
Array Functions
Array Slices
Hash Functions
Scalar and List Contexts Revisited

I/O: Input Operations and File I/O Filehandles
The open Function
The Input Operator <>
Default Input Operator
The print Function
File Operation Functions
Reading Directories

Perl Operators
Operators, Functions and Precedence
File Test Operators
Assignment Operator Notations
The Range Operator
Quotation Operators
Pattern Matching Operators

Flow Control
Simple Statements
Simple Statement Modifiers
Compound Statements
The next, last and redo Statements
The for Loop
The foreach Loop

Regular Expressions
Pattern Matching Overview
The Substitution Operator
Regular Expressions
Special Characters
Quantifiers (*, +, ?, {})
Assertions (^, $, \b, \B)
Overview of Subroutines
Passing Arguments
Local Variables
Passing Names
Returning Values

Quoting and Interpolation
String Literals
Array Substitution
Backslashes and Single Quotes
Command Substitution
Here Documents

Creating References
Using References
Passing References as Arguments to Subroutines
Anonymous Composers
Hard References as Hash Keys
The Symbol Table

Complex Data Structures
Two-dimensional Arrays
Anonymous Arrays and Anonymous Hashes
Arrays of Arrays
Arrays of References
A Hash of Arrays
A Hash of Hashes

Packages and Modules
BEGIN and END Routines
require vs. use
The bless Function

Object-Oriented Programming in Perl
What is Object-Oriented?
Why Use Object-Oriented Programming?
Classes, Objects and Methods in Perl
Inheritance, the "is-a" Relationship
Containment, the "has-a" Relationship
Overloaded Operators

Advanced Regular Expressions
Substrings in a List Context
RE Special Variables
RE Options
Multi-line REs
Substituting with an Expression
Perl5 RE Extensions

Binary Data Structures
Variable-Length (Delimited) Fields
Variable vs. Fixed
Handling Binary Data
The pack() Function
The unpack() Function
The read () Function
C Data Structures

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