The Perl Book Buying Guide

  Title:Perl man pages
Author(s):(too many to list)
Audience:Beginner    Intermediate    Advanced    Rating:   ½
Publication Year:currentPublisher:CPANISBN:PerlMan
Comments:General Comments
They're free, fairly complete and mostly accurate! They should have come with your Perl distribution (if not, get them from a CPAN site near you).

Description
I'm mostly familiar with the man pages that come with the ActiveState distribution. They are available as POD files, which can be translated into HTML or real man pages, and installed in any of the three ways. They can be viewed with perldoc(1),
man(1) or a browser of your choice.

When viewed as HTML, they are a collection of ~40 core documents and ~250 module documents, crosslinked and indexed, with sometimes-cryptic names like "perllol", "perltoot" and "O". Once you get used to them, they're fairly easy to get around in, but it can be daunting at first.

Beginners
These are great for reference, especially if you haven't bought Programming Perl yet. But it would be very difficult to learn Perl from just these pages unless you have a lot of programming experience and are an excellent self-learner. Instead, I recommend one of Learning Perl or Learning Perl on Win32 Systems or the aforementioned Programming Perl.

Intermediate & Advanced
These are great for reference (and they're free!), especially if you haven't bought Programming Perl yet.
Rating Scale:  = = Not Recommended,       = = Excellent!

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