Manual Reference Pages - PERLBOOK (1)
perlbook - Books about and related to Perl
There are many books on Perl and Perl-related. A few of these are
good, some are OK, but many arent worth your money. There is a list
of these books, some with extensive reviews, at http://books.perl.org/
. We list some of the books here, and while listing a book implies our
endorsement, dont think that not including a book means anything.
Most of these books are available online through Safari Books Online
( http://safaribooksonline.com/ ).
The most popular books
The major reference book on Perl, written by the creator of Perl, is
The Ram is a cookbook with hundreds of examples of using Perl to
accomplish specific tasks:
If you want to learn the basics of Perl, you might start with the
Llama book, which assumes that you already know a little about
The Perl Cookbook (the Ram Book):
by Tom Christiansen and Nathan Torkington,
with Foreword by Larry Wall
ISBN 978-0-596-00313-5 [2nd Edition August 2003]
ISBN 978-0-596-15888-0 [ebook]
The tutorial started in the Llama continues in the Alpaca, which
introduces the intermediate features of references, data structures,
object-oriented programming, and modules:
Learning Perl (the Llama Book)
by Randal L. Schwartz, Tom Phoenix, and brian d foy
ISBN 978-1-4493-0358-7 [6th edition June 2011]
ISBN 978-1-4493-0458-4 [ebook]
Intermediate Perl (the Alpaca Book)
by Randal L. Schwartz and brian d foy, with Tom Phoenix
foreword by Damian Conway
ISBN 978-1-4493-9309-0 [2nd edition August 2012]
ISBN 978-1-4493-0459-1 [ebook]
You might want to keep these desktop references close by your keyboard:
Free (as in beer) books
Some of these books are available as free downloads.
Higher-Order Perl: http://hop.perl.plover.com/
Other interesting, non-Perl books
You might notice several familiar Perl concepts in this collection of
ACM columns from Jon Bentley. The similarity to the title of the major
Perl book (which came later) is not completely accidental:
by Jon Bentley
ISBN 978-0-201-65788-3 [2 edition, October 1999]
More Programming Pearls
by Jon Bentley
ISBN 0-201-11889-0 [January 1988]
A note on freshness
Each version of Perl comes with the documentation that was current at
the time of release. This poses a problem for content such as book
lists. There are probably very nice books published after this list
was included in your Perl release, and you can check the latest
released version at http://perldoc.perl.org/perlbook.html .
Some of the books weve listed appear almost ancient in internet
scale, but weve included those books because they still describe the
current way of doing things. Not everything in Perl changes every day.
Many of the beginner-level books, too, go over basic features and
techniques that are still valid today. In general though, we try to
limit this list to books published in the past five years.
Get your book listed
If your Perl book isnt listed and you think it should be, let us know.
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