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A list of key readings about Perl.
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The literature on Perl is numerous and growing. This is the list that Larry Wall recommends on his web page:

  • [1] Larry Wall, Tom Christiansen, Jon Orwant: Programming Perl - (the Camel Book). O'Reilly Media, Inc.; 3 edition (July 14, 2000). ISBN 0596000278. The standard reference.
  • [2] Randal L. Schwartz, Tom Phoenix, brian d foy: Learning Perl - (the Llama Book). ISBN 1565922840. First training.
  • [3] Tom Christiansen, Nathan Torkington: Perl Cookbook - (the Ram Book). O'Reilly Media, Inc.; 2 edition (August 21, 2003). ISBN 0596003137. Perl solutions for standard problems, example applications of Perl features.
  • [4] Randal L. Schwartz, Erik Olson, Tom Christiansen: Learning Perl on Win32 Systems - (the Gecko Book). O'Reilly Media, Inc.; 1 edition (August 1, 1997). ISBN 1565923243.
  • [5] Simon Cozens: Advanced Perl Programming - (the Panther Book). O'Reilly Media, Inc.; 2 edition (June 1, 2005). ISBN 0596004567. High-level Perl tutorial.
  • [6] Jeffrey E. F. Friedl: Mastering Regular Expressions - (the Owls Book). O'Reilly Media, Inc.; 3 edition (August 8, 2006). ISBN 0596528124. All you ever need to know about Regular Expressions, not Perl specific


  • Johnson, Andrew L. Elements of Programming with Perl. Greenwich, CT: Manning Publications, 2000. ISBN 1884777805. An excellent Perl text that doubles as an introduction to computer programming--not that programmers widely recommend Perl as a first programming language to study.
  • Conway, Damian Object Oriented Perl. Manning Publications, 2000. ISBN 1884777791. A Comprehensive Guide to Concepts and Programming Techniques.