Apress have sent me a copy of the news edition of Beginning Perl. On the front cover it says:
Master key Perl concepts such as CGI programming, databasing and object oriented programming with this comprehensive guide
"Databasing"! When did that become a word?
There also seem to be some signs of a pretty rushed rewrite. For example, the section on Perl development (page xx) seems to confuse the old versioning system (where development versions have a patchlevel > 50) with the new one (where development versions have an odd number as the minor version). Both versions are explained but the author seems to think that they are both current. I'm guessing that half of it comes from Simon's original text.
I'll write a complete review in a few weeks.