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Old 20th October 2008
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Learning Perl 5th Edition
by Randal L. Schwartz, Tom Phoenix & Brian d Foy

July 2008
ISBN: 978-0-596-52010-6

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Popularly known as "the llama book" is what the most people use to start with Perl (quote from the book). My own opinion is that it's a very good book, easy to understand with lots of real world examples that come in handy sometimes *but* you must have the man or the perl doc site to completely understand some of the examples. Long story short - a good book which i recommend to anyone.
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Learning Perl, is one hell of a great book.

If you don't know any programming languages, you'll probably still learn enough to learn more. If you know one or are just rusty, you'll find the rest in the manual pages. I checked it out sometime ago to brush up on Perl syntax after a long time of using other languages, and found the llama book both useful and entertaining. Thanks to the speed at which I could pick up the missing points from the book, Perl quickly became a best friend in my tool kit after reading it all.


It is a must read IMHO for any one working with the Perl language, and deserves a place on the bookshelf if you can afford a copy.
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Two books that I have in my library are Elements of Programming with Perl and Minimal Perl. Excellent books, both. In comparson, the Llama comes across more as a reference book than a learning book. At least the fourth edition did. I haven't seen the fifth edition.

Manning Press has several other Perl books. I have firsthand experience only with the two that I mentioned. But, based on those two books, odds are good that the others are keepers also.

For someone starting Perl from scratch, I would recommend Elements of Programming with Perl over The Llama. YMMV.
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In comparson, the Llama comes across more as a reference book than a learning book.
Maybe you are thinking of the Camel book, which in my opinion is THE reference book? Llama I found very nice for beginners, a real good tutorial.

If you consider to do a lot of Perl programming, I would also like to recommend "Perl Cookbook" written by Tom Christiansen & Nathan Torkington. It's a real timesaver, and may prevent you from reinventing the wheel. Saved me lots of work by offering good, tested recipes.
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I started with "Perl Cookbook" by Christiansen/Torkington and moved on to "Programming Perl" by Wall/Schwartz and then "Advanced Perl Programming" by Sriram Srinivasan. I learn most quickly by seeing examples, so that trio was particularly good.
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perl core language: little black book (most read)
Minimal perl (most recent, not read yet)
perl by example (iirc; and I might have bought it already)
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I learned Perl from the Camel book way back when. It was, at the time, one of the best programming books I'd ever read. Straight to the useful information, no bullcrap.
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Learning Perl, is one hell of a great book.
Couldn't agree more. Also, someone could say that this book along with the Intermediate Perl and Mastering Perl could be a *lethal weapon*.
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