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1. What Is Perl?
2. Course Requisites and Goals
3. Perl References & Resources
4. State of Perl
5. Taste of Perl
6. Storing & Running Perl Programs
7. The Elements
8. Literals & Operators
    9. Loops and I/O
10. Grade Book Example
11. Pipe I/O and System Calls
12. Matching
13. Parsing
14. Simple CGI
15. Testing Perl Programs
16. Common Goofs

2. Course Requisites and Goals

This course presumes participants have elementary programming experience in a procedural programming language such as C, Pascal, or Basic; and access to a system with Perl 4 or Perl 5 installed, such as MU Information & Access Technology Services's SHOWME and SGI systems.

By completing this course and its homework, you should be able to:

  1. Locate reference materials and other resources related to Perl;
  2. Express fundamental programming constructs such as variables, arrays, loops, subroutines and input/output in Perl;
  3. Understand several concepts relatively idiosyncratic to Perl, such as associative arrays, Perl regular expressions, and system interfaces;
  4. Program in Perl for data manipulation, file maintenance, packaging or interfacing system facilities, and for "Common Gateway Interface" Web applications. CGI resources will be examined in more depth in a subsequent MU Information & Access Technology Services Short Course.

To keep this a short course, we won't explain object-oriented concepts and some other facilities appropriate for large projects. Perl, perhaps more than any other computer language, is full of alternative ways to do the same thing; we tend to show only one or two. We will try to stimulate by examples of useful bits of code, results, and questions. Turn to the reference materials for further explanation.

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