FAQ 2.11 Perl Books

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2.11: Perl Books

    A number of books on Perl and/or CGI programming are available. A few of
    these are good, some are OK, but many aren't worth your money. There is
    a list of these books, some with extensive reviews, at
    http://books.perl.org/ . If you don't see your book listed here, you can
    write to perlfaq-workers@perl.org .

    The incontestably definitive reference book on Perl, written by the
    creator of Perl, is Programming Perl:

            Programming Perl (the "Camel Book"):
            by Larry Wall, Tom Christiansen, and Jon Orwant
            ISBN 0-596-00027-8  [3rd edition July 2000]
            http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/pperl3 /
            (English, translations to several languages are also available)

    The companion volume to the Camel containing thousands of real-world
    examples, mini-tutorials, and complete programs is:

            The Perl Cookbook (the "Ram Book"):
            by Tom Christiansen and Nathan Torkington,
                with Foreword by Larry Wall
            ISBN 0-596-00313-7 [2nd Edition August 2003]
            http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/perlckbk2 /

    If you're already a seasoned programmer, then the Camel Book might
    suffice for you to learn Perl. If you're not, check out the Llama book:

            Learning Perl
            by Randal L. Schwartz, Tom Phoenix, and brian d foy
            ISBN 0-596-10105-8 [4th edition July 2005]
            http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/learnperl4 /

    And for more advanced information on writing larger programs, presented
    in the same style as the Llama book, continue your education with the
    Alpaca book:

            Intermediate Perl (the "Alpaca Book")
            by Randal L. Schwartz and brian d foy, with Tom Phoenix (foreword by
Damian Conway)
            ISBN 0-596-10206-2 [1st edition March 2006]
            http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/lrnperlorm /

    Addison-Wesley ( http://www.awlonline.com/ ) and Manning (
    http://www.manning.com/ ) are also publishers of some fine Perl books
    such as *Object Oriented Programming with Perl* by Damian Conway and
    *Network Programming with Perl* by Lincoln Stein.

    An excellent technical book discounter is Bookpool at
    http://www.bookpool.com/ where a 30% discount or more is not unusual.

    What follows is a list of the books that the FAQ authors found
    personally useful. Your mileage may (but, we hope, probably won't) vary.

    Recommended books on (or mostly on) Perl follow.

                Programming Perl
                by Larry Wall, Tom Christiansen, and Jon Orwant
                ISBN 0-596-00027-8 [3rd edition July 2000]
                http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/pperl3 /

                Perl 5 Pocket Reference
                by Johan Vromans
                ISBN 0-596-00374-9 [4th edition July 2002]
                http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/perlpr4 /

                Beginning Perl
                by James Lee
                ISBN 1-59059-391-X [2nd edition August 2004]

                Elements of Programming with Perl
                by Andrew L. Johnson
                ISBN 1-884777-80-5 [1st edition October 1999]
                http://www.manning.com/johnson /

                Learning Perl
                by Randal L. Schwartz, Tom Phoenix, and brian d foy
                ISBN 0-596-52010-7 [5th edition June 2008]
                http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596520106 /

                Intermediate Perl (the "Alpaca Book")
                by Randal L. Schwartz and brian d foy, with Tom Phoenix
(foreword by Damian Conway)
                ISBN 0-596-10206-2 [1st edition March 2006]
                http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/intermediateperl /

                Mastering Perl
                by brian d foy
                ISBN 0-596-52724-1 [1st edition July 2007]
                http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/9780596527242 /

                Writing Perl Modules for CPAN
                by Sam Tregar
                ISBN 1-59059-018-X [1st edition August 2002]

                The Perl Cookbook
                by Tom Christiansen and Nathan Torkington
                    with foreword by Larry Wall
                ISBN 1-56592-243-3 [1st edition August 1998]
                http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/cookbook /

                Effective Perl Programming
                by Joseph N. Hall, Joshua A. McAdams, brian d foy
                ISBN 0-321-49694-9 [2nd edition 2010]
                http://www.effectiveperlprogramming.com /

                Real World SQL Server Administration with Perl
                by Linchi Shea
                ISBN 1-59059-097-X [1st edition July 2003]

    Special Topics
                Perl Best Practices
                by Damian Conway
                ISBN: 0-596-00173-8 [1st edition July 2005]
                http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/perlbp /

                Higher-Order Perl
                by Mark-Jason Dominus
                ISBN: 1558607013 [1st edition March 2005]
                http://hop.perl.plover.com /

                Perl 6 Now: The Core Ideas Illustrated with Perl 5
                by Scott Walters
                ISBN 1-59059-395-2 [1st edition December 2004]

                Mastering Regular Expressions
                by Jeffrey E. F. Friedl
                ISBN 0-596-00289-0 [2nd edition July 2002]
                http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/regex2 /

                Network Programming with Perl
                by Lincoln Stein
                ISBN 0-201-61571-1 [1st edition 2001]
                http://www.awlonline.com /

                Object Oriented Perl
                by Damian Conway
                    with foreword by Randal L. Schwartz
                ISBN 1-884777-79-1 [1st edition August 1999]
                http://www.manning.com/conway /

                Data Munging with Perl
                by Dave Cross
                ISBN 1-930110-00-6 [1st edition 2001]

                Mastering Perl/Tk
                by Steve Lidie and Nancy Walsh
                ISBN 1-56592-716-8 [1st edition January 2002]
                http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/mastperltk /

                Extending and Embedding Perl
                by Tim Jenness and Simon Cozens
                ISBN 1-930110-82-0 [1st edition August 2002]

                Perl Debugger Pocket Reference
                by Richard Foley
                ISBN 0-596-00503-2 [1st edition January 2004]
                http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/perldebugpr /

                Pro Perl Debugging
                by Richard Foley with Andy Lester
                ISBN 1-59059-454-1 [1st edition July 2005]


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