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THE book if you ever want to be a serious Perl freak
on 25 March 1997
If anything I'm glad O'Reilly published this revised edition of Programming Perl, because my first version was just in horrible shape. I don't think it would have made it another week. Too many long nights, spilled soda and moments of rage and frustration, take its toll on a book.
So, I retired the first version and began to break in the new version. This new version covers Perl 5 (not Perl5) in a way that actually makes a dummy like me understand. Not only is this book good reading, but is also by far the most useful Perl reference (in particular the chapter covering Perl's various functions).
This book really shows you that Perl isn't just some nice little language that makes cute little guestbooks for the homepage, but is a full featured, powerful development language strong enough to take on the most demanding Unix environment (and have enough room left over to conquer any Windows NT server).
This is a must read for anyone remotely interested in Perl programming.