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Effective programming with Perl

A 5 day
HANDS ON
training course

Perl training course description

A hands on introduction to programming in Perl.

Key outcomes from this course

By the end of the course delegates will be able to:
  • Write Perl programs.
  • Use Perl modules.
  • Debug Perl programs.
  • Examine existing code and determine its function.

Perl training course details

Who will benefit:
Programmers wishing to learn Perl.
Prerequisites:
None although experience in another high level language would be useful.
Duration:
5 days

Training approach

This structured training course seeks to build upon workbook learning through the use of group exercises, dynamic discussion and individual tasks in order to deliver an engaging and interactive module that will ensure all candidates are able to transfer their new skills into the workplace.

Overall ratings for this course:

Course review


"Hard concepts were explained very simply."
J. S., Framestore CFC
"Excellent presentation - very good course structure."
B. M., London Internet Exchange

Perl training course contents

Introduction to Perl
What is Perl? When to use Perl, downloading Perl, installing Perl, documentation, perldoc, running Perl, the Perl environment. Perl under UNIX, Perl under Windows. "Hello world".

Variables
Scalars, data types, $_, strings and numbers, assignment, constants, strict, scope.

Operators
Number operators, string operators, precedence and associativity, converting numbers and strings, shortcut operators.

Flow control
Blocks, if, else, elseif, unless, foreach, while, for do, until.

Regular expressions
What are regular expressions? Pattern matching, Perl as a filter, file editing.

Strings
Comparing strings, concatenating, substrings, chomp, chop, formatting, string manipulation.

Subroutines
Comparing strings, concatenating, substrings, chomp, chop, formatting, string manipulation.

Arrays and hashes
Working with arrays, element access, push(), pop(), shift(), unshift(), as an array, associative arrays, hashes of arrays, hash references, arrays of hashes, hashes of hashes.

Files
Simple file handling, open, close, , <>, file tests, directory access, directory handles, database access, packing and packing binary data.

I/O
STDIN, STDOUT and STDERR, Command line arguments,@ARGV.

Perl debugging
The built in debugger, running the debugger, debugger commands, graphical debuggers. Script syntax errors, single stepping, breakpoints, watches.

Packages and modules
CPAN, Finding modules, installing modules, using modules, scope.

Report formatting
Formats, defining a format, invoking a format, field holders.

Process management
System interaction, system(), exec(), signals. Security issues.

Why Choose Us

SNT trainers score an average of over 90% on the three main areas of:
  • Ability to teach
  • Technical knowledge
  • Answering questions
“Excellently presented by a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic trainer.” P.D. General Dynamics

We limit our maximum class size to 8 delegates; often we have less than this. This ensures optimal interactivity between delegates and instructor.
"Excellent course. The small class size was a great benefit…" M.B. IBM

We write our own courses; courseware does not just consist of slides and our slides are diagrams not bullet point text. A typical chapter provides clearly defined objectives with a chapter overview, slides with text underneath, a quiz at the end to check the learning of the students. Hands on exercises are at the end and are used to reinforce the theory.

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