perlbook - Books about and related to Perl
There are many books on Perl and Perl-related. A few of these are good, some are OK, but many aren't worth your money. There is a list of these books, some with extensive reviews, at http://books.perl.org/ . We list some of the books here, and while listing a book implies our endorsement, don't think that not including a book means anything.
Most of these books are available online through Safari Books Online ( http://safaribooksonline.com/ ).
The major reference book on Perl, written by the creator of Perl, is Programming Perl:
by Larry Wall, Tom Christiansen, and Jon Orwant ISBN 978-0-596-00027-1 [3rd edition July 2000] http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596000271/
The Ram is a cookbook with hundreds of examples of using Perl to accomplish specific tasks:
by Tom Christiansen and Nathan Torkington, with Foreword by Larry Wall ISBN 978-0-596-00313-5 [2nd Edition August 2003] http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596003135/
If you want to learn the basics of Perl, you might start with the Llama book, which assumes that you already know a little about programming:
by Randal L. Schwartz, Tom Phoenix, and brian d foy ISBN 978-0-596-52011-3 [5th edition June 2008] http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596520113
The tutorial started in the Llama continues in the Alpaca, which introduces the intermediate features of references, data structures, object-oriented programming, and modules:
by Randal L. Schwartz and brian d foy, with Tom Phoenix foreword by Damian Conway ISBN 978-0-596-00478-1 [1st edition March 2006] http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596004781/
You might want to keep these desktop references close by your keyboard:
by Johan Vromans ISBN 978-0-596-00374-6 [4th edition July 2002] http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596003746/
by Richard Foley ISBN 978-0-596-00503-0 [1st edition January 2004] http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596005030/
by Tony Stubblebine ISBN 978-0-596-51427-3 [July 2007] http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596514273/
by James Lee ISBN 1-59059-391-X [3rd edition April 2010] http://www.apress.com/book/view/1430227931
by Randal L. Schwartz, Tom Phoenix, and brian d foy ISBN 978-0-596-52010-6 [5th edition June 2008] http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596520106
by Randal L. Schwartz and brian d foy, with Tom Phoenix foreword by Damian Conway ISBN 0-596-10206-2 [1st edition March 2006] http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596102067
by brian d foy ISBN 978-0-596-10206-7 [1st edition July 2007] http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/9780596527242
by Joseph N. Hall, Joshua A. McAdams, brian d foy ISBN 0-321-49694-9 [2nd edition 2010] http://www.effectiveperlprogramming.com/
by Sam Tregar ISBN 1-59059-018-X [1st edition August 2002] http://www.apress.com/book/view/159059018X
by Tom Christiansen and Nathan Torkington with foreword by Larry Wall ISBN 1-56592-243-3 [2nd edition August 2003] http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596003135
by David N. Blank-Edelman ISBN 978-0-596-00639-6 [2nd edition May 2009] http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596006396
by Linchi Shea ISBN 1-59059-097-X [1st edition July 2003] http://www.apress.com/book/view/159059097X
by Jan Goyvaerts and Steven Levithan ISBN 978-0-596-52069-4 [May 2009] http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596520694
by Tim Bunce and Alligator Descartes ISBN 978-1-56592-699-8 [February 2000] http://oreilly.com/catalog/9781565926998
by Damian Conway ISBN: 978-0-596-00173-5 [1st edition July 2005] http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596001735
by Mark-Jason Dominus ISBN: 1-55860-701-3 [1st edition March 2005] http://hop.perl.plover.com/
by Jeffrey E. F. Friedl ISBN 978-0-596-52812-6 [3rd edition August 2006] http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596528126
by Lincoln Stein ISBN 0-201-61571-1 [1st edition 2001] http://www.pearsonhighered.com/educator/product/Network-Programming-with-Perl/9780201615715.page
by Darren Chamberlain, Dave Cross, and Andy Wardley ISBN 978-0-596-00476-7 [December 2003] http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596004767
by Damian Conway with foreword by Randal L. Schwartz ISBN 1-884777-79-1 [1st edition August 1999] http://www.manning.com/conway/
by Dave Cross ISBN 1-930110-00-6 [1st edition 2001] http://www.manning.com/cross
by Steve Lidie and Nancy Walsh ISBN 978-1-56592-716-2 [1st edition January 2002] http://oreilly.com/catalog/9781565927162
by Tim Jenness and Simon Cozens ISBN 1-930110-82-0 [1st edition August 2002] http://www.manning.com/jenness
by Richard Foley with Andy Lester ISBN 1-59059-454-1 [1st edition July 2005] http://www.apress.com/book/view/1590594541
Some of these books are available as free downloads.
Higher-Order Perl: http://hop.perl.plover.com/
Writing Perl Modules for CPAN: http://www.apress.com/resource/freeebook/9781590590188
You might notice several familiar Perl concepts in this collection of ACM columns from Jon Bentley. The similarity to the title of the major Perl book (which came later) is not completely accidental:
by Jon Bentley ISBN 978-0-201-65788-3 [2 edition, October 1999]
by Jon Bentley ISBN 0-201-11889-0 [January 1988]
Each version of Perl comes with the documentation that was current at the time of release. This poses a problem for content such as book lists. There are probably very nice books published after this list was included in your Perl release, and you can check the latest released version at http://perldoc.perl.org/perlbook.html .
Some of the books we've listed appear almost ancient in internet scale, but we've included those books because they still describe the current way of doing things. Not everything in Perl changes every day. Many of the beginner-level books, too, go over basic features and techniques that are still valid today. In general though, we try to limit this list to books published in the past five years.
If your Perl book isn't listed and you think it should be, let us know.