From what I have been able to work out, you've covered the publishing history well--although I am still confused. Brent Michalski was a co-author, with Kevin Meltzer, of Writing CGI Applications With Perl (2001) for which Lincoln Stein provided a foreword. Dave Cross has highly recommended the book in the past. I know of James Payne from the Python side of programming. However, he seems to have also been involved in providing information about Perl programming through Developer Shed in the past.
in reply to New Beginning Perl book due out in August
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