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Learning Perl
[bar] 36/38%
Perl Cookbook
[bar] 2/2%
Programming Perl
[bar] 37/39%
Perl in a Nutshell
[bar] 3/3%
Advanced Perl Programming
[bar] 0/0%
Effective Perl Programming
[bar] 0/0%
None, I wrote Perl
[bar] 5/5%
[bar] 11/12%
94 total votes
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Learning Perl (re: Your first Perl Book)
by Anonymous Monk on Dec 29, 1999 at 07:44 UTC
    Learning Perl was the beginning of the tawdry love affair for me. Of course, it's designed with the C Programmer in mind?

    Does anybody have any other's they'd recommend? Especially for a first-language Perl user...

      This isn't a book, but it's just as good and it gave me my
      start in perl programming.
      goto: Perl Tutorial: Start
RE: Your first Perl Book
by yiango (Novice) on Dec 29, 1999 at 02:01 UTC
    I used "Teach yourself perl5 in 21 days" :) Where is the "other" option?
      I picked learning perl, but in all seriousness it was hardcopy of the man page before the man pages got split up into something managable. the thing must have weighed a ton, but it was more informative than any book ;)
RE: Your first Perl Book
by LeGo (Chaplain) on Jun 26, 2000 at 19:36 UTC
    This below link was my first experience in perl. I really liked it and feel that it was a great start. It is missing some chapters though.

    Picking Up Perl

    I am now reading Learning Perl 2nd edition. It is okay so far. I would recomend skipping the first chapter though. If you read it and have never done anything with perl you might have a few headaches.


RE: Your first Perl Book
by Anonymous Monk on Dec 30, 1999 at 08:45 UTC
    You spelt it wrong, on my first edtion copy it is Programming perl' (little p). Oh oh I think I just gave away my age. Ohhhh you must mean the the 'Blue Camel'. The 'Pink Camel' always be my first and best. BTW, underneath a key piece of duct tape is Larry and Randal autographs. :P --- mitd
      if($firstperlbook=~/^Programming Perl/i){ $vote="Programming Perl"; }
RE: Your first Perl Book
by Anonymous Monk on Dec 30, 1999 at 03:54 UTC
    My first PERL book was: "PERL5 by Example" aka PERLbe by David Medinets and distributed by QUE... It totally rocked. I own "PERL In a Nutshell" but PERLbe was the first and in my opinion the best book I read on PERL. I read PERLbe for the first time 4 years ago when I was just a wee freshman in college and had yet to learn to code, PERLbe helped me both learn to code and learn PERL.
RE: Your first Perl Book
by Anonymous Monk on Dec 30, 1999 at 09:02 UTC
    I think Programming Perl was the best. I dunno why. I went back and read Learning Perl, and while it looks like a great book Programming Perl moved at a bit of a faster pace and covered more material. Uh oh, my cat is going insane so I gotta stop writing now.
Re: Your first Perl Book
by targetsmart (Curate) on May 21, 2008 at 15:19 UTC
    Perl in a Nutshell is my choice, because I started revising my perl knowledge from that book, I found it as Okay.
Re: Your first Perl Book
by jakeease (Friar) on Sep 18, 2010 at 01:49 UTC
    My first 'book' was the man pages on I didn't get the Pink Camel until 1992.

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