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These books are recommended as further reading for the Perl programmer
who has already been introduced to the language. The books here cover the
core language and technologies of Perl. If you wish to learn about specific
technologies then refer to the <a href="../topics/">topic-related books</a>.
<h2 id="camel_book"><a href="http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/pperl3/">Programming Perl</a></h2>
authors="Larry Wall, Tom Christiansen, Jon Orwant"
This is the classic reference to the Perl language, commonly known as
"The Camel Book". (after the camel on its cover). This book is highly readable,
funny, and covers the entire Perl 5.6.1 language on all of its fine points.
It is highly recommended as a book to read after you know your way around the
core Perl language, so you can learn much more about it, and enjoy its many
<h2 id="writing_for_cpan"><a href="http://www.apress.com/book/bookDisplay.html?bID=14">Writing Perl Modules for CPAN</a></h2>
This book covers the art and science of working on Perl modules, putting
them on <a href="http://www.cpan.org/">CPAN</a> and maintaining them. It is
written in a light style, and makes a very good and easy read. The book in
PDF format is <a href="http://www.apress.com/free/">available online for
free download and reading.</a>
<h2 id="oo_perl"><a href="http://www.manning.com/Conway/">Object-Oriented Perl</a></h2>
This book covers Object Oriented Programming using Perl, starting from simple
modules objects up to advanced object oriented techniques like persistence or
It is full with examples, and explanations, and is very comprehensive for its
<h2 id="cookbook"><a href="http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/perlckbk2/">The Perl Cookbook</a></h2>
authors="Tom Christiansen, Nathan Torkington"
This book gives a long list of tasks to be accomplished and recipes that
accomplish them. By looking at the recipes one can learn more about Perl
and also know how to accomplish many common tasks in Perl.
<h2 id="hop"><a href="http://hop.perl.plover.com/">Higher-Order Perl</a></h2>
authors="Mark Jason Dominus"
This book (whose text is
<a href="http://hop.perl.plover.com/">available online on its site</a>)
covers functional programming techniques using Perl and "transforming
programs with programs". It covers such topics as closures, iterators,
tokenising, and parsing.
<h2 id="pbp"><a href="http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596001735/">Perl
"Perl Best Practices" covers the author's opinion of what should be done
when writing Perl programs, and what should not be done. It covers all levels
of the Perl language. Some of the advice given in the book is controversial,
and you should still judge it according to your style and preferences, but
it's still gives a lot of good advice, and a lot of food for thought and
For more discussion of this book refer to:
Best Practices Module Recommendation Commentary"</a>
feature inspired by the book.</a>