Read Two Chapters from Extending and Embedding Perl

Extending and Embedding Perl by Tim Jenness and Simon Cozens explains how to expand the functionality and usefulness of the Perl programming language and how to use Perl from C programs. It begins simply but also covers complex issues using real code examples from the Perl source. The book discusses how to write interfaces to C libraries (as well as C++ and Fortran libraries). It shows you how to implement Perl callbacks for C libraries, how to pass Perl hashes and arrays between Perl and C, and how to use the Perl Data Language infrastructure to improve the speed of array operations.

Chapter 2: “Extending Perl: an Introduction,” requires minimal knowledge of Cand leads you through the stages of creating a simple module and building an interface to simple C functions.
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Chapter 8: “Embedding Perl in C,” teaches you how to embed aPerl interpreter in a simple application, preparing the goround for aworked example in the following chapter where we demonstrate how to embedPerl into the mutt mailer.
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Reproduced from Extending and Embedding Perl by permission of ManningPublications Co. ISBN 1-930110-82-0 copyright 2003. All rights reserved. Forfurther information go to www.manning.com/jenness.

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