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Structure and Content
Origins of Perl • Exploring the benefits of Perl for design engineers • Internet resources for problem solving and sharing solutions • Perl BOOK  recommendations • Plain Old Documentation (POD) the language reference • Perl applications in design

Starting Perl
Running programs in UNIX or Windows • Using command line options • Understanding scalar variables • Numbers & strings • Interpolation explained • Arrays (lists) • Hashes (associative arrays) • Exploring scalar and list context

Conditional statements: if, unless • Alternative case structures • Looping statements: until, while, for, foreach • Loop control using: next, last, redo • Conditional modifiers: if, unless • Loop modifiers – while, until • Using ‘and’ and ‘or’ for better readability

File Operations
Opening text files for reading, writing or appending • Using pipes to other processes • Testing file properties with file test operators • formatting output using print and write • frequently used special variables

Pattern Matching
Matching with modifiers • Substituting with modifiers • Inventing character classes • Quantifiers • Anchoring matches on character boundaries • Reusing matched groups with back references • Grouping and alternatives in regular expressions • Extended regular expressions • Guidance for complex regular expressions

Subroutines and Modules
Writing subroutines in Perl • Controlling variable scoping using my, our and local • Using references to variables and subroutines • Packaging scripts for reuse with modules

Debugger Scripts
Using Perl debugger • Syntax checking • Generating extra warnings • Writing better code using pragmas

Application Examples and Exercises
Modifying automatically generated netlists, to ensure different tools work together smoothly • Filtering long report files e.g. those generated by place & route tools • Creating, translating and modifying files containing test vectors • Autonomously running design tools in sequence, checking results then warning, re-running, stopping or continuing accordingly.

Supplementary Subjects (May be included if sufficient interest and time permits)

Packages and Modules
Understanding packages • Creating and using modules • Setting Perl’s module search path • Installing CPAN modules • Object-oriented Perl • Creating a simple class

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