Programming Perl is a definite improvement over Learning Perl - Learning Perl went a little too fast for me.
in reply to On the matter of Books
Perl Cookbook definitely cleared up lingering confusion.
MacPerl: Power and Ease, V. Brown and C. Nandor
Learning Perl on Win 32 Systems, R. Schwartz, E. Olson, T. Christiansen
The Perl Journal - My subscription to this is repaid many times over.
Getting and looking at other folk's code, no matter how bad - its invaluable.
The dummies books are will'o the wisps on the path to enlightenment.
yet another biologist hacking perl....