Media praise for Perl 5 Pocket Reference

"[Consumers] will find the fine 'pocket references' produced by O'Reilly to be compact and affordable."
-- James Cox, The Computer Shelf: Midwest Book Review

"Perl 5 Pocket Reference aspires to give the Perl programmer all the salient information about the language in a very small space and it does that admirably...for ease of use, convenience, and price, this little reference will be the first place I look when I need an answer quick." --E. V. Bell, II, Ed's Internet Books, May 2001

"Excellent book. 5 stars out of 5. I got the Perl 5 Pocket Reference as a gift from the Perl Conference 3.0, and it's been within arm's reach at all times since. It's an invaluable reference for those who find themselves searching through perldocs or Programming Perl for tidbits on a daily basis. Johan Vromans cuts stacks and stacks of Perl documentation down to the most essential at-your-fingertips facts. The book is organized like a series of appendices, covering subjects like command-line options, pragmatic modules, special variables, and regular expressions. That last one is the most dog-eared and thumbed through section of my copy; it boils the sometimes-cryptic regular expression bestiary down to the essentials and is worth list price all by itself. You won't learn Perl from this book. It doesn't take the place of bibles like Programming Perl or Learning Perl, but you'll certainly want to keep it handy if you're an absent-minded programmer like me." --CMonster,, July 7, 2000

For the second edition:

"This new quickref is truly excellent. I say this without reservation, and with complete candor. Perl has so much now, and it's so tricky and misorganized in the online docs and even the Camel, that this [kind of book] is increasingly indispensable. I would buy it. I would require it for all my classes. I would suggest that everyone should have one..." --Tom Christiansen, author of Perl Cookbook

"The smallest O'Reilly Perl book may be the most used. Johan Vroman's Perl 5 Pocket Reference includes 67 tiny pages of most of the syntax and commands you'll need during a long day of coding." -- Jimmy Guterman, Chicago Tribune, Friday Nov 27, 1998 "still the perfect carry-around or desktop item." --Peter Salus, :login:, December 1998

For the first edition:

"This book should be on every UNIX and Internet programmer's and administrator's desktop." --Elizabeth Zinkann, Sys Admin, May 1996