Intermediate Perl, the renamed Learning Perl Objects, References, and Modules (the “Alpaca” book), is off the presses and on its way to bookstores. You can now order it on Amazon (although other online retailers still list it as “pre-order”). I got my author’s copy last week (although I neglected to check my mail for a week, so I really just got it).
This edition expands and updates the previous edition. We added more chapters on Perl testing, which has become a hot topic since the first Alpaca, as well as chapters on using CPAN modules as well as creating Perl distributions using the latest tools. We updated everything for perl 5.8.
The three authors, Randal L. Schwartz, Tom Phoenix, and myself, will be at Powell’s Technical Books in Portland, Oregon on Saturday, March 25 at 1 pm for a book launch party and book signing. Since Portland is a nexus of Perl development and authorship, we’ve also invited chromatic (Perl.com editor and co-author of Perl Testing: A Developer’s Notebook) and Allison Randal (O’Reilly editor and author of Perl 6 and Parrot Essentials).