October 21, 2002
New Version of the "Powerhouse of Perl" Released: "Perl CD Bookshelf, Version 3.0"
Sebastopol, CA--You've got a shelf full of essential Perl books and
you're about to hit the road. Which do you take with you? This is a
choice Perl programmers don't have to make. O'Reilly's latest release,
The Perl CD Bookshelf, Version 3.0 (US $119.95) gives Perl
programmers convenient online access to a library of O'Reilly's Perl
books--all from a CD-ROM drive. Seven of O'Reilly's best-selling Perl
books are included on this CD-ROM (4,259 pages of O'Reilly references
and tutorials), fully searchable and cross-referenced, so programmers
can search either the individual index for each book or the master
index for the entire collection.
Included are the complete, unabridged versions of these titles:
- "Perl in a Nutshell, 2nd Edition"
- "Learning Perl, 3rd Edition"
- "Programming Perl, 3rd Edition"
- "Perl Cookbook"
- "Perl & XML"
- "Perl & LWP"
- "Mastering Perl/Tk"
Packaged with the CD is the paperback version of "Perl in a Nutshell,
2nd Edition." Purchased individually, these books would retail for
$279.65. In this exhaustive and ultimately portable format, they retail
for only $119.95.
Formatted in HTML, "The Perl CD Bookshelf, Version 3.0," can be
accessed with any web browser. No other resource makes so much valuable
information so easy to find and so convenient to use.
What critics said about the previous edition:
A great example of what can be done on CD...you are sure to be
--Major Kearney, PC Update, August 2001
"The books have proven themselves to be worthy of being in every Perl
programmer's library. Having them all in one convenient searchable spot
is, of course, a huge advantage. The most portable way to get five Perl
books from here to there."
--Craig Maloney, slashdot.org, July 2001
"A powerhouse of Perl."
--Anna Freeman and Steve Patient, Amazon.co.uk
DELIVERS Computer Programming, June 2001
"O'Reilly's Perl compendium is, without a doubt, the ultimate Perl
--Chris Russell, amazon.co.uk
"Instead of trying to create a single, massive volume that covered all
aspects of the Perl language, they (O'Reilly) translated their most
successful titles into a convenient, searchable HTML format and
presented them all together on a single CD...an ultimate (and
ultimately portable) Perl reference...the five books in this collection
normally retail for $189.75, which makes the $79.95 (or even cheaper if
you shop around) CD Bookshelf quite a steal! Heavily hyperlinked,
completely portable, viewable on any browser, and instantly searchable
thanks to a master index and Java search engine, I found this to be far
more convenient than the print versions of the very same books for
reference purposes. OVERALL RATING: 5/5"
--Kevin Yank, webmasterbase.com, June 2001
"The most useful collection of Perl books to date. 5 of 5 stars."
--jjhorner, Perlmonks.org, July 2000
"An exceptionally good idea."
--Steve Coe, Canada Computers, December 2000
"As with all O'Reilly books the entire concept is well thought out from
beginning to end. You only have to mention the name O'Reilly and
everyone understands what it means."
--Richard Ibbotson, Sheffield Linux User's Group, February 2001
"This CD is a very handy collection of a number of well-known O'Reilly
Perl books. If you work on Perl-related stuff on various sites, a CD
with the content of 6 books is much easier on your back to carry around
with you. If you're a programmer who works on different client sites,
this is great replacement for a stack of good Perl books. For a
reasonable price, you get a truckload of information on a handy
--Arjen Laarhoven, slashdot.org, December 1999
"...an excellent set of resources within a small package...an
outstanding compendium of techniques, procedures, facts, and basics for
any level of Perl programmer...This is an extraordinary collection. If
you use Perl, you need the 'Perl CD Bookshelf.'"
--Elizabeth Zinkann, SYS ADMIN, November 1999
"I really had doubts about whether this publication would be of any
use. Those doubts disappeared when I saw the product and realized that
the search features could save oodles of time. I also plan to make
judicious use of browser bookmarks so I can remember the common places
in books that I need to access frequently...The prospect of being able
to emit complex CD searches in addition to a well-constructed handbook
makes it worthwhile."
--Peter Collinson, EXE, November 1999
Perl CD Bookshelf, Version 3.0
By O'Reilly & Associates, Inc.
0-596-00389-7, Order Number: 3897
800 pages, $119.95 US $185.95 CA
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