Object Oriented Perl

Damian Conway
Foreword by Randal L. Schwartz

1999 | 512 pages | B&W
ISBN: 9781884777790

$42.95 Softbound print + PDF eBook
$21.50 eBook (PDF only)


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Object Oriented Perl is designed to provide anyone who is familiar with the basics of regular Perl programming with a complete introduction to the object-oriented features of Perl. The book moves from the very simplest applications through advanced applications such as generic programming, multiple dispatch, and object-oriented persistence. Thus, it offers a much-needed resource for persons new to Perl, as well as new and valuable insights and techniques for even the most accomplished Perl programmers.

Beyond explaining the syntax and semantics of Perl's inbuilt object-oriented features, Object Oriented Perl explains how to apply those features in a wide range of programming techniques. Each technique is illustrated with complete examples.

Object Oriented Perl also discusses the latest relevant Perl modules, which are freely available and can greatly simplify object-oriented development in Perl. In particular, it examines the new standard "fields" module and the associated pseudo-hash construct.

No other book covers the topic of object-oriented software development in Perl in such breadth, to such depth, or in such a readable manner. Complete source code for Object Oriented Perl is available online to owners of the book.

Translation rights for Object Oriented Perl have been granted for Korea, Japan, India, and Germany. If you are interested in learning where to buy this book in a language other than English, please inquire at your local bookseller.


"...a serious book on an important topic that is usually relegated to a chapter in the back of most Perl books. You don't find this kind of honesty in books created by large software publishers."
--Reviews Online


Damian Conway holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science and is currently a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science and Software Engineering at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. He has written numerous technical and scientific papers, as well as a textbook on advanced object-oriented techniques in C++. He is the author of numerous popular Perl modules, including: Parse::RecDescent, Text::Balanced, Getopt::Declare, Lingua::EN::Inflect, Tie::SecureHash, and Class::Multimethod (available from your local CPAN mirror).

Damian Conway is one of the most active members of the Perl community and has just been named the recipient of the first ever YAS Perl DevelopmentGrant awarded by Yet Another Society, which will allow him to entirely devote the next year to writing and lecturing on Perl and working on related projects. He is a highly sought presenter at Perl conferences, is a contributor to the Perl Journal and is the three-time winner of the annual Larry Wall award for Practical Utility.


"This book...is one of the best technical books that I have ever read. I've been writing applications and particularly CGI in Perl for several years and right there in Chapter 1 I started to learn all of the things that I missed in my self-education on the subject. My main problem with Perl was that I considered it a generator of 'quick and dirty' code?This book showed me right away how very wrong I was about that. Perl is a mature language that is more than ready to stand as a formidable tool in your toolbox.

"This book starts with a very, very good refresher on Perl concepts and doesn't ignore the more advanced functionality either. The first chapter alone is worth the price of the book...So as one PowerBuilder programmer to another I advise you, on my strongest possible recommendations to get this book and add it to your skill set. It will only make you a better programmer."
           --Reviewed on Rik's PowerBuilder Dojo