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On the matter of Books
I would give serious thought to ordering The Perl CD Bookshelf from O'Reilly.
The CD has the complete texts of Perl in a Nutshell, Programming Perl 2nd Edition, Perl Cookbook, Advanced Perl Programming, Learning Perl and Learning Perl on Win32 Sytems. I love it because I can search for whatever I need from the books anytime (they're nicely formatted in HTML), and there is even an master index of all 6 books. Yum.
Plus, the hardcopy version of Perl in a Nutshell is included, all for only $59.95 </car salesman voice>
Of course, sometimes a hardcopy is nicer, but I really like the online format.