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By Michael L. Benedikt

ISBN-10: 026202327X

ISBN-13: 9780262023276

Our on-line world, a time period first coined through the author William Gibson in his award-winning 1984 novel "Neuromancer", has been defined as "an endless man made international the place people navigate in information-based house" and as "the final computer-human interface". even if one defines it, the "virtual truth" referred to as our on-line world is likely one of the such a lot notably leading edge of laptop advancements. those unique contributions by way of prime thinkers in laptop technological know-how, structure, the visible arts, philosophy, anthropology, and undefined, supply an insider's view of this new expertise. "Cyberspace - First Steps" makes a speciality of the theoretical and conceptual concerns interested in the layout, use, and results of digital environments, providing fictions, predictions, and suggestions, forming a collective look for acceptable metaphors and attainable buildings that will give you the foundation for destiny digital worlds. Contributions talk about the philosophical foundation for our on-line world in historical inspiration, the relevance of the physique in digital realities, uncomplicated communications ideas for our on-line world, the arriving dematerialization of structure, the common sense of photo illustration into the 3rd measurement, the layout of a noncentralized approach for multiparticipant cyberspaces and the ramifications of cybespace for destiny offices. The individuals to this quantity are: Michael Benedikt; William Gibson, author; David Tomas, collage of Toronto; Nicole Stenger, MIT; Michael Heim; California country college, lengthy seashore; Allucquere Rosanne Stone, college of California, Santa Cruz and San Diego; Marcos Novak, Univesity of Texas and UCLA; Alan Wexelblat, Bull around the world details platforms; Chip Morningstar, F.Randall Farmer, Lucasfilm Ltd; Carl Tollander; Autodesk, Inc; Tim McFadden, Altos computers; Meredith Bricken, collage of Washington; Steve Pruitt, Tom Barrett, Texas tools and digital facts platforms; Wendy A. Kellog, John M. Carroll, John T. Richards, IBM.

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If you're using a programmers' text editor (as discussed in Chapter 1), it'll do most of the work for you. 1. Boolean Values You may use any scalar value as the conditional of the if control structure. That's handy if you want to store a true or false value into a variable, like this: $is_bigger = $name gt 'fred'; if ($is_bigger) { ... } But how does Perl decide whether a given value is true or false? Perl doesn't have a separate Boolean data type as some languages have. Instead, it uses a few simple rules:[*] [*] These aren't the rules Perl uses but are rules you can use to get the same result.

If a programmer doesn't see the warning, it probably won't do any good. And warnings won't change the behavior of your program except that now it will emit gripes once in a while. If you get a warning message you don't understand, you can get a longer description of the problem with the diagnostics pragma. The perldiag manpage has the short warning and the longer diagnostic description. /usr/bin/perl use diagnostics; When you add the use diagnostics pragma to your program, it may seem to you that your program now pauses for a moment whenever you launch it.

For example, $super_bowl is a better name than $superbowl since that last one might look like $superb_owl. ) or is it just a stopid misspelling? Most variable names in our Perl programs are all lowercase like most of the ones you'll see in this book. In a few special cases, uppercase letters are used. Using all caps (like $ARGV) generally indicates that there's something special about that variable. When a variable's name has more than one word, some say $underscores_are_cool while others say $giveMeInitialCaps.

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