Here are my picks for book-based resources:
Learning Perl 2nd Edition from O'Reilley - Must have, easy to follow and a
great book in itself
Programming Perl 2nd Edition from O'Reilley - More advanced, must have for
more serious programming
Perl Cookbook from O'Reilley - many practical examples to supplement the
Manning Press introductory books are supposed to be really good as well, but
I've only looked at them briefly. I have a more advanced one on
Object-Oriented Perl and it is very good.
Be prepared, especially when looking at some of the internet resources,
since the XML/Perl world can get really advanced really quickly and can be
somewhat bewildering to newcomers. It often takes advantage of many of the
advanced features of Perl that can be the most difficult to learn. I'm not
aware of any books out dealing specifically with Perl and XML yet (anyone
know of some?).
XML Bible by Elliotte Rusty Harold, IDG Books - very good introduction, some
sections are already dated and replacement chapters are available at
http://metalab.unc.edu/xml/books/bible/ (Note FREE chapter 14 on XSLT
XML IE5 Programmer's Reference from Wrox has a really good intro to XML
itself and how it is used in IE5. I'm sure it is a little dated now, having
come out last year, and it is Microsoft-centric. Professional XML from Wrox
looks good and has good reviews, but I have not looked far into it yet.
I've found its always a good idea to pay close attention to the reviews on
amazon.com and other sources before investing in a technical book, as there
are a lot of pretty bad ones out there.
Project Manager, NCEAD
From: Jay Gaidmore <[log in to unmask]>
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Date: Friday, May 05, 2000 3:25 PM
Subject: reference sources
>Can anybody recommend some easy to understand print and web-based reference
>sources for learning XML, XSL, and Perl?
>Thanks in advance,
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