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ab098d01 3perlbook - Books about and related to Perl
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5=head1 DESCRIPTION
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ab098d01 7There are many books on Perl and Perl-related. A few of these are
8good, some are OK, but many aren't worth your money. There is a list
9of these books, some with extensive reviews, at http://books.perl.org/
10. We list some of the books here, and while listing a book implies our
11endorsement, don't think that not including a book means anything.
12
13Most of these books are available online through Safari Books Online
14( http://safaribooksonline.com/ ).
15
16=head2 The most popular books
17
18The major reference book on Perl, written by the creator of Perl, is
19I<Programming Perl>:
20
21=over 4
22
23=item I<Programming Perl> (the "Camel Book"):
24
25 by Larry Wall, Tom Christiansen, and Jon Orwant
26 ISBN 978-0-596-00027-1 [3rd edition July 2000]
27 http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596000271/
28
29=back
30
31The Ram is a cookbook with hundreds of examples of using Perl to
32accomplish specific tasks:
33
34=over 4
35
36=item I<The Perl Cookbook> (the "Ram Book"):
37
38 by Tom Christiansen and Nathan Torkington,
39 with Foreword by Larry Wall
40 ISBN 978-0-596-00313-5 [2nd Edition August 2003]
41 http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596003135/
42
43=back
44
45If you want to learn the basics of Perl, you might start with the
46Llama book, which assumes that you already know a little about
47programming:
48
49=over 4
50
51=item I<Learning Perl> (the "Llama Book")
52
53 by Randal L. Schwartz, Tom Phoenix, and brian d foy
54 ISBN 978-0-596-52011-3 [5th edition June 2008]
55 http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596520113
56
57=back
58
59The tutorial started in the Llama continues in the Alpaca, which
60introduces the intermediate features of references, data structures,
61object-oriented programming, and modules:
62
63=over 4
64
65=item I<Intermediate Perl> (the "Alpaca Book")
66
67 by Randal L. Schwartz and brian d foy, with Tom Phoenix
68 foreword by Damian Conway
69 ISBN 978-0-596-00478-1 [1st edition March 2006]
70 http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596004781/
71
72=back
73
74=head2 References
75
76You might want to keep these desktop references close by your keyboard:
77
78=over 4
79
80=item I<Perl 5 Pocket Reference>
81
82 by Johan Vromans
83 ISBN 978-0-596-00374-6 [4th edition July 2002]
84 http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596003746/
85
86=item I<Perl Debugger Pocket Reference>
87
88 by Richard Foley
89 ISBN 978-0-596-00503-0 [1st edition January 2004]
90 http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596005030/
91
92=item I<Regular Expression Pocket Reference>
93
94 by Tony Stubblebine
95 ISBN 978-0-596-51427-3 [July 2007]
96 http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596514273/
97
98=back
99
100=head2 Tutorials
101
102=over 4
103
104=item I<Beginning Perl>
105
106 by James Lee
107 ISBN 1-59059-391-X [3rd edition April 2010]
108 http://www.apress.com/book/view/1430227931
109
110=item I<Learning Perl>
111
112 by Randal L. Schwartz, Tom Phoenix, and brian d foy
113 ISBN 978-0-596-52010-6 [5th edition June 2008]
114 http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596520106
115
116=item I<Intermediate Perl> (the "Alpaca Book")
117
118 by Randal L. Schwartz and brian d foy, with Tom Phoenix
119 foreword by Damian Conway
120 ISBN 0-596-10206-2 [1st edition March 2006]
121 http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596102067
122
123=item I<Mastering Perl>
124
125 by brian d foy
126 ISBN 978-0-596-10206-7 [1st edition July 2007]
127 http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/9780596527242
128
129=item I<Effective Perl Programming>
130
131 by Joseph N. Hall, Joshua A. McAdams, brian d foy
132 ISBN 0-321-49694-9 [2nd edition 2010]
133 http://www.effectiveperlprogramming.com/
134
135=back
136
137=head2 Task-Oriented
138
139=over 4
140
141=item I<Writing Perl Modules for CPAN>
142
143 by Sam Tregar
144 ISBN 1-59059-018-X [1st edition August 2002]
145 http://www.apress.com/book/view/159059018X
146
147=item I<The Perl Cookbook>
148
149 by Tom Christiansen and Nathan Torkington
150 with foreword by Larry Wall
151 ISBN 1-56592-243-3 [2nd edition August 2003]
152 http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596003135
153
154
155=item I<Automating System Administration with Perl>
156
157 by David N. Blank-Edelman
158 ISBN 978-0-596-00639-6 [2nd edition May 2009]
159 http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596006396
160
161=item I<Real World SQL Server Administration with Perl>
162
163 by Linchi Shea
164 ISBN 1-59059-097-X [1st edition July 2003]
165 http://www.apress.com/book/view/159059097X
166
167=back
168
169=head2 Special Topics
170
171=over 4
172
173=item I<Regular Expressions Cookbook>
174
175 by Jan Goyvaerts and Steven Levithan
176 ISBN 978-0-596-52069-4 [May 2009]
177 http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596520694
178
179=item I<Programming the Perl DBI>
180
181 by Tim Bunce and Alligator Descartes
182 ISBN 978-1-56592-699-8 [February 2000]
183 http://oreilly.com/catalog/9781565926998
184
185=item I<Perl Best Practices>
186
187 by Damian Conway
188 ISBN: 978-0-596-00173-5 [1st edition July 2005]
189 http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596001735
190
191=item I<Higher-Order Perl>
192
193 by Mark-Jason Dominus
194 ISBN: 1-55860-701-3 [1st edition March 2005]
195 http://hop.perl.plover.com/
196
197=item I<Mastering Regular Expressions>
198
199 by Jeffrey E. F. Friedl
200 ISBN 978-0-596-52812-6 [3rd edition August 2006]
201 http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596528126
202
203=item I<Network Programming with Perl>
204
205 by Lincoln Stein
206 ISBN 0-201-61571-1 [1st edition 2001]
207 http://www.pearsonhighered.com/educator/product/Network-Programming-with-Perl/9780201615715.page
208
209=item I<Perl Template Toolkit>
210
211 by Darren Chamberlain, Dave Cross, and Andy Wardley
212 ISBN 978-0-596-00476-7 [December 2003]
213 http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596004767
214
215=item I<Object Oriented Perl>
216
217 by Damian Conway
218 with foreword by Randal L. Schwartz
219 ISBN 1-884777-79-1 [1st edition August 1999]
220 http://www.manning.com/conway/
221
222=item I<Data Munging with Perl>
223
224 by Dave Cross
225 ISBN 1-930110-00-6 [1st edition 2001]
226 http://www.manning.com/cross
227
228=item I<Mastering Perl/Tk>
229
230 by Steve Lidie and Nancy Walsh
231 ISBN 978-1-56592-716-2 [1st edition January 2002]
232 http://oreilly.com/catalog/9781565927162
233
234=item I<Extending and Embedding Perl>
235
236 by Tim Jenness and Simon Cozens
237 ISBN 1-930110-82-0 [1st edition August 2002]
238 http://www.manning.com/jenness
239
240=item I<Pro Perl Debugging>
241
242 by Richard Foley with Andy Lester
243 ISBN 1-59059-454-1 [1st edition July 2005]
244 http://www.apress.com/book/view/1590594541
245
246=back
247
248=head2 Free (as in beer) books
249
250Some of these books are available as free downloads.
251
252I<Higher-Order Perl>: http://hop.perl.plover.com/
253
254I<Writing Perl Modules for CPAN>: http://www.apress.com/resource/freeebook/9781590590188
255
256=head2 Other interesting, non-Perl books
257
258You might notice several familiar Perl concepts in this collection of
259ACM columns from Jon Bentley. The similarity to the title of the major
260Perl book (which came later) is not completely accidental:
261
262=over 4
263
264=item I<Programming Pearls>
265
266 by Jon Bentley
267 ISBN 978-0-201-65788-3 [2 edition, October 1999]
268
269=item I<More Programming Pearls>
270
271 by Jon Bentley
272 ISBN 0-201-11889-0 [January 1988]
273
274=back
275
276=head2 A note on freshness
277
278Each version of Perl comes with the documentation that was current at
279the time of release. This poses a problem for content such as book
280lists. There are probably very nice books published after this list
281was included in your Perl release, and you can check the latest
282released version at http://perldoc.perl.org/perlbook.html .
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284Some of the books we've listed appear almost ancient in internet
285scale, but we've included those books because they still describe the
286current way of doing things. Not everything in Perl changes every day.
287Many of the beginner-level books, too, go over basic features and
288techniques that are still valid today. In general though, we try to
289limit this list to books published in the past five years.
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291=head2 Get your book listed
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fa3a75c5 293If your Perl book isn't listed and you think it should be, let us know.
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