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Hey everyone, I am considering learning Perl. It seems to be a great language and everyone who uses it seems to enjoy it. So, does anyone know any really good ...
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    Perl Books


    Hey everyone,

    I am considering learning Perl. It seems to be a great language and everyone who uses it seems to enjoy it. So, does anyone know any really good Perl books?

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    The two best books for Perl are:

    - Learning Perl (aka The Llama Book)
    - Programming Perl (aka The Camel Book)

    The former is a tutorial on learning Perl, and is one of the best "teach-me-a-language" books I've ever read. The latter is considered the Bible of the Perl language, and is a reference for everything in Perl, as well as diving into some advanced concepts not found in Learning Perl.

    Both are published by O'Reilly. I recommend getting "Learning Perl" for a starter.

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    I've learned on Perl in 21 Days (Sam's Publishing) and Advanced Perl Programming (O'Reilly) with the assistance of google and other various websites. Perl is a many-faced, popular language, so you'll never be at a loss as far as online resources go.
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    Thanks guys,

    I think it is between Learning Perl and Sams Teach Yourself Perl in 21 Days. I will have to skim through them first at the bookstore.

    As a side note, its pretty cool that Programming Perl is written by Larry Wall. I will have to look into that one after some more practice (not a programming noob but definetly a Perl noob ).

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    Perl in 21 Days (Sam's Publishing)
    i've heard that this one is meant to be diabolically bad. in linux format magazine, it got something like 2/10. o'rielly tend to do good books.


    bryansmith
    from the reviews i've seen, you are best off sticking to the o'reilly series.

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    I should check all my Linux Format magazines. They have those book reviews in them and I respect their opinions.

    Thanks for indirectly giving me the idea .

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    bryansmith
    post back here with the title of your chosen book

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    I would go with learning pearl, you can get it at http://www.bookpool.com/ for 48% off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bryansmith
    As a side note, its pretty cool that Programming Perl is written by Larry Wall.
    Bryan
    Larry is a great writer, too - his is one of the few technical books that I've found to be a pleasure to read in its own right. Checkout the many humorous footnotes contained therein.

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