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Going to Amazon searching for "perl programming" you will get many hints on books about perl. Your local book store may have some, too.
**THE** classic book is "Programming Perl" by Larry Wall (the developer of Perl) et al, also known as the famous "camel"-book, well written and worth reading.
i think that perl is probably a breeze if you are coming to it from the right direction. if you are a unix command line/shell script expert then i expect it is a fairly easy transition. if on the other hand you come more from a windows & C++ direction then it is not quite such an easy transition.
given enough time i'm sure i'll figure it out