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Date: Thu, 27 Jul 2000 17:16:08 -0700 (PDT)
From: Lisa Mann <lisam@oreilly.com>
To: lwn@lwn.net
Subject: New Camel Book (Prog Perl 3e) Released!

For immediate release
For more information, a review copy, cover art, 
or interview with the authors, contact:
Lisa Mann (707) 829-0515 ext 230 or lisam@oreilly.com

O'Reilly Releases Third Camel Book

Sebastopol, CA--Perl ("Pathologically Eclectic Rubbish Lister") is a
powerful programming language that has grown dramatically in popularity
since it first appeared in 1988. The first edition of the book
"Programming Perl" hit the shelves in 1990, and was quickly adopted as
the undisputed bible of the language. Since then, Perl has grown with
the times, and so has this classic book--so popular, the Perl community
refers to it simply as "The Camel Book," for the camel on the cover.

Any Perl book can show the syntax of Perl's functions, but only "The
Camel Book" is a comprehensive guide to all the nooks and crannies of
the language. Any Perl book can describe typeglobs, pseudohashes, and
closures, but only this one shows how they really work. Any Perl book
can tell the reader that my is faster than local, but only this one
explains why. The third edition of "Programming Perl" has also been
expanded to cover Version 5.6 of this maturing language. New sections
include threading, compiling, Unicode, and more.

"Programming Perl, 3rd Edition", is a unique introduction to the Perl
language and its culture, as you might expect only from its authors.

"Paradoxically, the way in which Perl helps you the most has almost
nothing to do with Perl, and everything to do with the people who use
Perl," says Ellen Siever, co-author of 'Perl in a Nutshell'. "Perl
folks are, frankly, some of the most helpful folks on earth. If there's
a religious quality to the Perl movement, then this is at the heart of
it. Larry wanted the Perl community to function like a little bit of
heaven, and he seems to have gotten his wish." "Programming Perl, 3rd
Edition" brings together not only the Perl gurus, but also some of the
most helpful people in the Perl community, in order to share their
world of knowledge with the rest of us.

Larry Wall is the inventor of Perl, and provides a unique perspective
on the evolution of Perl and its future direction. Tom Christiansen was
one of the first champions of the language, and lives and breathes the
complexities of Perl internals as few other mortals do. Jon Orwant is
the editor of 'The Perl Journal', which has brought together the Perl
community as a common forum for new developments in Perl.

"In a nutshell, Perl is designed to make the easy jobs easy, without
making the hard jobs impossible," says the legendary creator of Perl,
Larry Wall. "Though simple in many ways, Perl is also a rich language,
and there is much to learn about it. That's the price of making hard
things possible. It will take some time to absorb all that Perl can do,
but you'll be glad to have access to the extensive capabilities of Perl
when the time comes that you need them."

Part bible, part encyclopedia, and part almanac, "Programming Perl, 3rd
Edition" is 'the' essential book on Perl.

Chapter 18, Compiling, is available free online at:

For photos of all three authors together(check it out!), go to:

For a photo of Larry Wall, go to:

For a photo of Tom Christiansen, go to:

For a photo of Jon Orwant, go to:

For more information about the book, including Table of Contents, index, 
author bios, and samples, see:

For a cover graphic in jpeg format, go to:

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Programming Perl, 3rd Edition
By Larry Wall, Tom Christiansen & Jon Orwant
3rd Edition, July 2000
0-596-00027-8, 1104 pages, $49.95 (US)