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The No.1 Perl Book,
This review is from: Effective Perl Programming: Writing Better Programs with Perl (Paperback)
This book had the most profound and dramatic impact on my understanding of Perl. The sooner you read this book the better! (The only minor drawback I see is that OO part is somewhat sketchy but even then it still contains quite valuable insights.)
The thing I like most about this book is the density of useful information. In this respect no other book I've read can overcome Mr. Joseph Hall's achievement. Not even close. "Effective Perl Programming" makes you think about Perl in ways you never thought before. When I read a paragraph about sorting techniques and especially Schwartzian transform (p.49-50) it was difficult to fall asleep. Amazing and inspiring stuff!
Programming Perl is not as easy as it seems. This book gives you most tricks of the trade. (The rest one can find in "Perl Cookbook" which I also like very much.) Heartedly recommended. Hope to see other books by Mr. Hall in the nearest future. Not necessarily about Perl!