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The Essential Perl for Win32 Library

Before you spend a fortune building a Perl reference library, find out what books are considered to be the best in their field (and not just by us)

Note: Most links on this page will take you to the books description on Bookpool is an online bookstore similar to, but they specialize in Technical books (and they are less expensive.) This is not a paid endorsement, and we do not receive sales commission from We just think they're the best place to buy our books. We hope you'll agree!

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Getting started with Perl...
ProgPerl.gif (2433 bytes) Programming Perl, 3rd Edition  
By Larry Wall, Randal L. Schwartz, Tom Christiansen. O'Reilly & Associates, Paperback, 2nd edition, Published October 1996, 650 pages, ISBN 0596000278. Also known as the "Camel" Book. The definitive PERL reference written by its creator and the top people in the field. A must have resource in your library.
PerlCook.gif (2708 bytes) Perl Cookbook  
By Tom Christiansen and Nathan Torkington. O'Reilly & Associates, Paperback, 1 edition, Published August 1998, 750 pages,  ISBN 1565922433 The Perl Cookbook is a collection of "recipes" that present problems, solutions, and examples for anyone programming in Perl. Topics range from beginner questions to techniques that even the most experienced Perl programmers might find useful.
PerlW32.gif (2766 bytes) Learning Perl on Win32 Systems
Randal L. Schwartz, Erik Olson, Tom Christiansen. O'Reilly & Associates, Paperback, 1 edition, Published August 1997, 290 pages, ISBN 1565923243 Perl was originally written for UNIX, not NT so the documentation is a bit different. This is the must have guide for NT Admins just starting out with Perl, and is the standard guide for any formal Perl training.
prkwin32_oso_logo.gif (4700 bytes) Perl Resource Kit - Win32 Edition (4 books + CD)  
Dick Hardt, Erik Olson, David Futato, Brian Jenesen,O'Reilly & Associates, Paperback, Bk&Cd Rom edition, Published August 1998, 1500 pages, ISBN 1565924096 Another must have reference for anyone using Perl with Windows NT. It includes over 1,000 pages of documentation, software from Active State, and includes 3 books you can't get separately (Programming Perl w/ Perl Modules, Perl Module Reference, and the Perl Utilities Guide.) 

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Perl CD Bookshelf
O'Reilly & Associates, Paperback, Published August 1999, ISBN 1565924622. Just released from O'Reilly, the Perl CD Bookshelf includes the full text of 6 of their best-selling books on a single CD! Features Perl in a Nutshell, Programming Perl, 2nd Edition, Perl Cookbook, Advanced Perl Programming, Learning Perl 2nd Edition, and Learning Perl on Win32 Systems. 
Where to find great books at great prices....  
Everybody knows about, but Bookpool is frequently less expensive, and they specialize in Technical Books. They carry MS Press, O'Reilly, Que, Osborne, SAMS, and others.  
Another online professional bookstore. Although we prefer Bookpool's prices, FatBrain has a better selection in a few categories. Essentially our second stop on the web when looking for a title.

Half Price Computer Books
Another source for great deals on computer books. Much cheaper than Amazon and B&N

O'Reilly and Associates  
Publishers of some of the best books in the industry. Well written, concise, accurate, and great cover art!. If I'm looking for a reference book, I always check O'Reilly first. I've never been disappointed. (This is not a paid endorsement!)

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