camelreview. Programming Perl, third edition, by Larry Wall, Tom Christiansen and Jon Orwant, O'Reilly, 2000, 1067 pages.

Affectionately known as "The Camel Book".

Larry Wall is the classic open source language creator. Perl, his creation, is the classic open source scripting language. The Camel Book is the classic Perl book.

Larry Wall is also the classic philospher, with specialties in Judeo-Christian theology and the philosophy of natural and artificial languages. The first chapter of this book is worth the price of admission, as it explores language, words, meanings, phrases and sentences and how this all ties into programming languages.

Lastly, this is also a book about Perl. No self -respecting Perl expert would be caught without a copy of this wonderful book that serves as both a learning tutorial and an exhaustive reference manual. The humor is thrown in for free.

Extremely well writtten, this book just keeps getting better with each edition. Whether you use Perl regularly or not, this book is for you. If you have any interest in programming in any language, this book is a bragain.

Ron Stephens