Re: Semi-OT: Learning Perl from ground up ?

From: John Piwowar <>
Date: Thu, 10 May 2012 10:55:34 -0700
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May not work for everyone, but here's how I did it, um, 17 years ago (? ! Ye gods).
1) Picked a moderately ambitious project.
2) Got copies of "Learning Perl" and "Programming Perl"
3) Banged away for a few weekends and some late nights until it worked.
4) Like many new converts to Perl, was annoyingly fastidious about trying
to use it as the hammer for every nail I found. Not always efficient, but I learned stuff. ;-)
For some context, I was coming at the project from a limited programming background (some shell scripting experience from student jobs and a semester each of intro Fortran and Pascal as taught to all the engineering majors at my school), so your definition of "moderately ambitious" may differ. I was also a university student at the time, so I obviously had more liberal swathes of time on those weekends than we are all likely to have now. :-)


John P.

On Thu, May 10, 2012 at 10:33 AM, Taylor, Chris David <> wrote:

> If one was inclined to learn Perl from the ground up, what books or
> courses would you recommend?
> I'd like to add this to my toolbox but I've been lax [read: lazy].
> Chris Taylor
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