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Hi, can anyone tell me where I can get a good perl book?

Aug 18 '05 #1
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Danny Lu wrote:
Hi, can anyone tell me where I can get a good perl book?

Maybe at your favourite book dealer?

If you meant to ask what are good books about Perl then please see the FAQ:
"perldoc -q book"

Aug 18 '05 #2
Danny Lu wrote:
Hi, can anyone tell me where I can get a good perl book?


Dan et. al.

After purchasing 5 books on PERL and two on Regular Expression, here is
what I found.

Since I was (and am) a beginning programmer (at 52), I was looking for a
book that would offer examples and was well organized.

The one that I bought which seems to be the best for a newbie programmer
is "Teach Yourself PERL in 24 Hours".

Obviously the 24 Hour part is a marketing thing but my guess is that if
you already code in another language and know Regular Expression, This
might actually be possible.

It has good examples and takes things in proper order. Fro me as a
neophyte, there are questions that occur to me that the book does not
answer when *I* need them but, those cases are so far pretty rare.

My books all come from http://www.bookpool.com and the price was VERY

Now, if you are a little bit conversant with coding concepts, you might
be able to use the free resource of perldoc. I downloaded the entire
perldoc package to my Linux boxes and use it regularly. Surprisingly.
the PERL regular expression tutorial (perlretut.pdf/html) is actually
better to read than ANY of the books I have bought.

Many coders at my company swear that Regular expressions is the toughest
part of programming in any language. Last year I took a pass at Java
with a great book from WROX press called "Beginning Java". Doing this
lead me to the conclusion that for OO languages, the hard part is
knowing what is already available in the class libraries that you don't
need to write yourself.

There is a "Beginning Regular Expressions" book that I bought and sent
back as it did not help me with PERL. My judgment on

You might try the perldoc tutorials first and see how you do. For me,
the old fart, I think I need a bit more hand-holding.

My plan is to get mediocre at PERL and then try Ruby to accomplish the
task I need.

Also, be advised that when you download perl to your computer, the
chances are good that all the modules are not loaded by default. So, if
you decide to "use Net::HTTP: and find it absent, you have to load it.
I have not seen that process covered in *any* book yet.

Good Luck to you no matter which book you choose.

Ralph H. Stoos Jr.
Aug 18 '05 #3
On Thu, 18 Aug 2005 02:39:13 +0000, Danny Lu wrote:
Hi, can anyone tell me where I can get a good perl book?


For the beginner, I recommend Perl For Dummies (2nd Edition) by Paul
Hoffman. I'm not big on the Dummy or Idiot books, but found this to be
well laid out, easy to follow, with good examples. I've had mine for
about 6 years now. I find it's so well laid out and covers a lot of the
important stuff so well, that I reference it on a regular basis. So much
so, that the pages are starting to come out of the binding & the cover
is defiantly showing years of usage and wear. Personally I would not part
with this book, and am ready to buy a 2nd copy before I have a hard time
finding it. But hey, that is just me... I hope this helps...
Aug 19 '05 #4
Danny Lu wrote:
Hi, can anyone tell me where I can get a good perl book?


Get oreillys books
Beginning perl
Learning Perl
Advanced perl
Ramprasad A Padmanabhan (ram AT netcore DOT co DO IN )
These are decoy ids
ra*******@nsmai lserv.com
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Sep 2 '05 #5
Ram wrote:
Danny Lu wrote:
Hi, can anyone tell me where I can get a good perl book?


Get oreillys books
Beginning perl
Learning Perl
Advanced perl

They are part of the perl cd bookshelf, which you can find online!
google it
Nov 6 '05 #6
In article <qf************ *************** ***@comcast.com >, Tom Pimienta
<to*@phpfunk.co m> wrote:
Ram wrote:
Danny Lu wrote:
Hi, can anyone tell me where I can get a good perl book?


Get oreillys books
Beginning perl
Learning Perl
Advanced perl

They are part of the perl cd bookshelf, which you can find online!
google it

The copies of these books that you can find online are illegal. Please
do not encourage people to use them. Any website containing text from
these books that is not in the oreilly.com domain are undoudtedly
illegal. The official link for the Perl CD Bookshelf is

FYI: this newsgroup is defunct. Use comp.lang.perl. misc in the future.

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