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Our look is the result of reader comments, our own experimentation, and feedback from distribution channels. Distinctive covers complement our distinctive approach to technical topics, breathing personality and life into potentially dry subjects.

The animal on the cover of Advanced Perl Programming, Second Edition is a black leopard. Most leopards are easily recognized by the rosette-patterned spots on their coat. Black leopards, often called "black panthers," also have these spots, but they are difficult to see because of the darkness of the fur. Black leopards are born into the same litters as the more common yellowish leopards. They occur most frequently in the wet, forested areas of India and southeast Asia, where the dark color aids in camouflage and hunting.

Leopards are among the most widely distributed wild cats. Their range extends throughout most of Africa and India and into much of Asia, the Middle East, and the East Indies. Highly adaptable, leopards are able to hunt almost any animal, and can live in both very wet and arid conditions. Because they almost always share their range with bigger cats, such as lions or tigers, leopards are very cautious. After catching its prey, the leopard will carry it high up into a tree to devour it. The incredible strength of the leopard enables it to climb while carrying animals up to three times its own body weight.

Darren Kelly was the production editor, Cindy Gierhart was the copyeditor, and Kaesmene Harrison Banks was the proofreader for Advanced Perl Programming, Second Edition. Marlowe Shaeffer and Claire Cloutier provided quality control. nSight, Inc. provided production services. Jack Lewis wrote the index.

Edie Freedman designed the cover of this book, using a 19th-century engraving from the Dover Pictorial Archive. Karen Montgomery produced the cover layout with Adobe InDesign CS using Adobe's ITC Garamond font.

David Futato designed the interior layout. This book was converted by Joe Wizda to FrameMaker 5.5.6 with a format conversion tool created by Erik Ray, Jason McIntosh, Neil Walls, and Mike Sierra that uses Perl and XML technologies. The text font is Linotype Birka; the heading font is Adobe Myriad Condensed; and the code font is LucasFont's TheSans Mono Condensed. The illustrations that appear in the book were produced by Robert Romano, Jessamyn Read, and Lesley Borash using Macromedia FreeHand MX and Adobe Photoshop CS. The tip and warning icons were drawn by Christopher Bing. This colophon was written by Clairemarie Fisher O'Leary. ,AUTHOR.COLO.28142 Page 2 Friday, June 10, 2005 3:08 PM

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