|When||Mondays and Wednesdays at 11:00-12:00 from January 20 through March 10|
|Office hours||Tuesdays 11:30-12:30 and Thursdays 12:30-1:30 in TAY basement, or by appointment|
|cdunham at cs.utexas.edu (Please include cs105 in the subject)|
Perl is a programming language that combines the modern robustness of Java with the expedient pragmatism of scripting languages. It offers both the low-level system access of C and the high-level elegance of Lisp. One of its mottoes is, “There’s More Than One Way To Do It.” Its flexibility makes Perl a powerful tool, but its permissiveness can lead to incomprehensible code or mysterious bugs.
This course provides a brief introduction to the language for students who want to add Perl to their toolbox. It assumes familiarity with the fundamental elements of computer programming, but no prior experience with Perl or any other particular language is necessary. Brief weekly assignments will give students hands-on experience writing, debugging, and revising Perl programs. A final project will exercise students' ability to develop a slightly more involved program, integrating concepts familiar from the weekly assignments.
No textbook is required. All assignments should be possible to complete using only the lecture notes and the Perl documentation that it specifically mentions. The perl man page is a great place to start.
However, to get the most out of this course and Perl itself, a book is a great investment. The standard O'Reilly trilogy is Learning Perl (the llama book), Intermediate Perl (the alpaca book), and Programming Perl (the camel book). My presentation will be aimed at maximizing pedagogical value, just like the Llama, so in a sense it is redundant with the lecture materials, but depending on your learning style it may be helpful to have an alternative. The Camel on the other hand is more of a reference, which may be helpful if you want an alternative to the online documentation.
|1||Wed||January 20||Course overview; Survey; Perl introduction; First program|
|2||Mon||January 25||Perl basics: Variables; Sigils; Defined-ness; Truth; Control flow|
|3||Wed||January 27||Perl basics: I/O; Context; String literals and quoting; Lists|
|4||Mon||February 1||Intermediate iteration and file I/O; Special variables|
|5||Wed||February 3||Intermediate Array and Hash manipulation; Quoting; Lengths and more Context|
|6||Mon||February 8||Advanced iteration; other print functions; Variable scoping; Function introduction|
|7||Wed||February 10||References; Data structures|
|8||Mon||February 15||Perl warning modes; Introduction to Regular Expressions; Basis in Automata|
|9||Wed||February 17||Regular expressions: Operators, Metacharacters, Character classes, basic assertions|
|10||Mon||February 22||Practical regular expressions; Advanced regular expressions|
|11||Wed||February 24||Using modules and objects; Packages|
|12||Mon||March 1||Object-Oriented theory, examples; some real-world code|
|13||Wed||March 3||Miscellaneous helpful things|
|14||Mon||March 8||catch-up and/or discussion/demonstration of practical issues|
|15||Wed||March 10||Looking ahead: new features in Perl 5.10 and Perl 6|
|Wed||March 24||final project due at 10:00 AM|
The instructor reserves the right to adjust this schedule if necessary.