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Perl Booksby faq_monk (Initiate)
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Current Perl documentation can be found at perldoc.perl.org.
Here is our local, out-dated (pre-5.6) version:
A number of books on Perl and/or CGI programming are available. A few of these are good, some are ok, but many aren't worth your money. Tom Christiansen maintains a list of these books, some with extensive reviews, at http://www.perl.com/perl/critiques/index.html.
The incontestably definitive reference book on Perl, written by the creator of Perl, is now in its second edition:
Programming Perl (the "Camel Book"): Authors: Larry Wall, Tom Christiansen, and Randal Schwartz ISBN 1-56592-149-6 (English) ISBN 4-89052-384-7 (Japanese) URL: http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/pperl2/ (French, German, Italian, and Hungarian translations also available)
The companion volume to the Camel containing thousands of real-world examples, mini-tutorials, and complete programs (first premiering at the 1998 Perl Conference), is:
The Perl Cookbook (the "Ram Book"): Authors: Tom Christiansen and Nathan Torkington, with Foreword by Larry Wall ISBN: 1-56592-243-3 URL: http://perl.oreilly.com/cookbook/
If you're already a hard-core systems programmer, then the Camel Book might suffice for you to learn Perl from. But if you're not, check out:
Learning Perl (the "Llama Book"): Authors: Randal Schwartz and Tom Christiansen with Foreword by Larry Wall ISBN: 1-56592-284-0 URL: http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/lperl2/
Despite the picture at the URL above, the second edition of ``Llama Book'' really has a blue cover, and is updated for the 5.004 release of Perl. Various foreign language editions are available, including Learning Perl on Win32 Systems (the Gecko Book).
If you're not an accidental programmer, but a more serious and possibly even degreed computer scientist who doesn't need as much hand-holding as we try to provide in the Llama or its defurred cousin the Gecko, please check out the delightful book, Perl: The Programmer's Companion, written by Nigel Chapman.
You can order O'Reilly books directly from O'Reilly & Associates, 1-800-998-9938. Local/overseas is 1-707-829-0515. If you can locate an O'Reilly order form, you can also fax to 1-707-829-0104. See http://www.ora.com/ on the Web.
What follows is a list of the books that the FAQ authors found personally useful. Your mileage may (but, we hope, probably won't) vary.
Recommended books on (or muchly on) Perl follow; those marked with a star may be ordered from O'Reilly.