RE: [PBML] Fw: Re: Welcome to perl-beginner
- One excellent teacher/author is a gentleman named Randal Schwartz. His
O'Reilly Publishing book "Learning Perl" (with the llama on the cover, *not*
the camel) is a *wonderful* place to start learning. Chapter One has a
rather friendly "Stroll through Perl" showing some of the basic things it
can do. I used that book as my main reference for a year before I started
getting other O'Reilly Perl books. Mr. Schwartz can even be found on some
of the other Perl mailing lists, including the "Fun With Perl" list.
Note: The "llama" Learning Perl book is mainly for Unix systems. Its twin,
"Learning Perl on Win32 Systems" would be a better chice if you are running
on Windows. Instead of the llama, it has a wall gecko on the cover.
However: Perl is Perl.
According to the Perl FAQ,
"A number of books on Perl and/or CGI programming are available. A few of
these are good, some are OK, but many aren't worth your money. Tom
Christiansen maintains a list of these books, some with extensive reviews,
"The incontestably definitive reference book on Perl, written by the creator
of Perl, is now in its second edition:
Programming Perl (the "Camel Book"):
by Larry Wall, Tom Christiansen, and Randal Schwartz
ISBN 1-56592-149-6 (English)
ISBN 4-89052-384-7 (Japanese)
(French, German, Italian, and Hungarian translations also available)
Another gentleman, Andrew Johnson, has a weekly Perl e-newsletter "Published
by ITworld.com, the IT problem-solving network
http://www.itworld.com/newsletters". Archives of past "issues" can be found
at http://members.home.net/andrew-johnson/. Look for "Perl Pages", then
"Archive of my Perl articles for ITworld.com". Mr. Johnson can frequently be
found in the PBML (Perl Beginners) mailing list.
In addition, some time back, someone wrote "...check out www.free-ed.net and
www.informit.com. They both have books you can print out for free and
Date: Tue, 06 Mar 2001 20:16:18 -0600
From: Carol <ariadne@...>
To: perl-beginner Moderator <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: Welcome to perl-beginner
Thank you for the welcome. I am not just a close-to absolute Perl
beginner, I am a very basic, right at the bottom of the totem pole,
staring up in awe at the Camel beginner with no real hints about where to
start. I have a friend who is teaching me, but I know that I am going to
need more input in language that I can have some hope of understanding.
You see, he speaks
"Aerospace Engineer" and I speak "Basic Tech Support". Vast difference.
I hope to learn a lot from this list. Thank you for organizing and
moderating it. I hope I don't drive anyone to nuts with questions that
have probably been asked a million times already.
Carol, the completely insecure
- On Wed, 7 Mar 2001 23:07:51 -0600
"Smith, Sheldon" <sheldon.smith@...> wrote:
> One excellent teacher/author is a gentleman named Randal Schwartz. HisRandal Schwartz also is very active on the perlmonks.org website under the
> O'Reilly Publishing book "Learning Perl" (with the llama on the cover,
> the camel) is a *wonderful* place to start learning. Chapter One has a
> rather friendly "Stroll through Perl" showing some of the basic things
> can do. I used that book as my main reference for a year before I
> getting other O'Reilly Perl books. Mr. Schwartz can even be found on
> of the other Perl mailing lists, including the "Fun With Perl" list.
name Merlyn. His node is at:
The guy is brilliant, far more of a perl hacker than I unfortunately will
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