|When||Mondays and Wednesdays at 1:00pm-2:00pm from August 28 through October 21|
|Office hours||TBA, or by appointment|
|cdunham at cs.utexas.edu (Please include cs105 in the subject)|
|Prerequisites||CS 307, 313E, or EE 422C (or 322C) with a grade of at least C-|
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. A very good (and free on the web in PDF) resource is chromatic's Modern Perl. After this course is over and you still like and/or want to use Perl, I highly recommend Effective Perl Programming by Joseph N. Hall, et al. as well as books by Damian Conway and Mark Jason Dominus.
If you find yourself wanting more examples or explanations, I highly recommend purchasing a book!
|1||Wed||August 28||Course overview; Survey; Perl introduction; First program|
|Mon||September 2||Labor Day holiday - no class|
|2||Wed||September 4||Perl basics: Data types; Variables; Sigils; Defined-ness; Truth; Control flow|
|3||Mon||September 9||Perl basics: I/O; Context; String literals and quoting; Lists; Intermediate iteration|
|4||Wed||September 11||Intermediate file I/O, array and hash manipulation; Special variables|
|5||Mon||September 16||Advanced iteration; other print functions; Variable scoping; Functions|
|6||Wed||September 18||Perl warning modes; Introduction to Regular Expressions; Basis in Automata|
|7||Mon||September 23||Regular expressions: Operators, Metacharacters, Character classes, basic assertions|
|8||Wed||September 25||Practical regular expressions; Advanced regular expressions|
|9||Mon||September 30||References; Data structures|
|10||Wed||October 2||Using modules and objects; Packages; Object-Oriented theory|
|11||Mon||October 7||Tied variables; some real-world examples|
|12||Wed||October 9||Miscellaneous helpful things|
|13||Mon||October 14||More helpful things|
|14||Wed||October 16||discussion of final; catch-up and/or discussion/demonstration of practical issues|
|15||Mon||October 21||Looking ahead: Perl 6|
|Fri||November 8||final project due at 12:00 noon, no late turn-in|
The instructor reserves the right to adjust this schedule if necessary.