Unix was built from the ground up with networking in mind, and Perl shows its Unix roots by providing robust support for networking code. Perl includes a number of built-in functions for dealing with sockets (listed in Table 20.1), which behave similarly to their C counterparts. If you're familiar with socket-based programming, these functions should look familiar to you. You might also want to use the Socket module, which gives you access to the common structure definitions from C's socket.h.

Some caveats about the use of sockets in Perl, however. The first is that some of the Perl socket features are available only on Unix; on some Windows or Macintoshes you'll need to use Win32 or MacPerl equivalents, making your scripts much less ...

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