Introduction to Perl

Introduction to Perl online course
Course Name

Introduction to Perl

Perl is a free open-source server-side language which was designed with simplicity in mind. It is perfect to handle the smaller daily tasks as well as larger more complex tasks like data base manipulation. First designed for Unix systems, today Perl is available on most common platforms. This course is designed to give students a basic working knowledge of Perl and its uses with Web design through the CGI. Successful completion will give the student a good starting background in programming in the Perl language. This combined with HTML, (X)HTML and CSS knowledge can enable the student to be eligible for an entry level position in Web Design and/or Web programming.

Applicable Job Roles: web programmers, and web application developers.

Week 1: Introduction to Perl
  • What is Perl
  • Parts of a perl program
  • Creating a perl program
  • Scalar Data (Numeric and Strings, Variables)
  • Operators
  • Evaluation and Assignments
  • Retrieving Data from STDIN
Week 2: Flow Control in Perl
  • Statement blocks
  • if and unless statement
  • while and until statement
  • for loops
  • foreach statement
Week 3: Lists, Arrays, Hashes
  • Using lists
  • Creating and using arrays
  • List and array functions
  • Creating and using hashes
  • Hash functions
Week 4: Data Files, Basic I/O
  • Standard file descriptors
  • Opening files
  • Reading and writing files
  • Formatting
  • File handling functions
Week 5: Advanced Flow and Subroutines
  • Last, next, redo
  • Using labels
  • The goto statement
  • Intro to the perl subroutine
  • Variable scope
  • Reference and calls
Week 6:A touch of CGI using perl
  • What is CGI ?
  • Environment variables
  • Printing to an HTML page
This is an introduction to Perl programming but not to programming. Students must have completed the P010 course of have equivalent experience. Prior knowledge with control structure logic is necessary. The student should also have a good understanding of HTML or (X)HTML and CSS through prior experience or from courses H101 or H401 and H151.
Students must have access to a system running the latest version of perl in order to test their assignments. Perl runs on most common OS and platforms. If you are using a web hosting service, you will have to have a unix shell account. A version for Windows can also be downloaded from Access to a good text editor, such as MS Notepad, Wordpad or the unix Vi editor are good choices. Basically any editor that doesn't automatically insert carriage returns and line feeds will do fine.
Course Books

Required Book Learning Perl (4th edition) [
Suggested Book Learning Perl (3rd edition) ]
Suggested Book
Course Price
  • Member Price: $120 US
  • Non-Member Price: $220.00 US
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Additional Information:
Your place in the course is confirmed by your payment. Introductory courses are intended for students with no experience in the subject matter and are seeking beginner level training.

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Additional Cost: Book and software migh be required for the course. Read the Requirements and Book section for more information. Course fee does not include the book and software cost .

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How eClasses Work:Instructors post lectures, reading selections, and hands-on assignments once a week in the online classroom. Students can discuss the assignments with the instructor and amongst themselves in the classroom area. This format has no set meeting time, which allows students to attend class at a time most convenient to them, yet still provides logically organized communication between class participants. Students can apply for the completion certificate after finishing the class. Web Study certificate is also available. Click on the Certificates link on the top navigation bar for more information.


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