I wish you the best of luck, Mr Mick.
If I could add my $0.02, (as a Perl learner with Win 2000 running,) such a book will be helpful with a chapter on how to install and use Perl on Win2000. Example: I eventually found out after installing 5.6.0 and Komodo that I could use the DOS Text editor to start my exercises. I admit my Unix and DOS skills are beyond rusty and being in an environment I haven't seen for 12 years was frustrating.
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puts down the chalk and walks away from the board