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> Hello Everyone,
> This question is academic, not programmatic. That is to say, it
deals with college, not coding per se.
> Where is a good place to learn how to write Perl/CGI?
> I am a not really a beginner, but more of a Perl dilettante, and
everything I have learned I have learned on my own. I have taken a
few college courses in general programming structure, C and Unix, but
(aside from the mail lists) I havent been able to find any place or
knowing instructors willing to really teach Perl.
> The mailing lists are helpful only in a cursory sense. It's hard
over email to get more than one question at a time answered, people
usually end up referring me back to the manual, and yet my questions
are usually more complex and I tend to favor open verbal discussion.
Ultimately, if I had my way, I'd end up typing a lot more than anyone
would read. An open classroom would seem to facilitate this style of
> Can anyone make any good recommendations? I'm in the WashDC area,
but I'd be interested in looking at schools on a more general level too.
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Most Perl coders are self taught , start with a few good books on the
subject , My fave was Perl the black book published by Coriolis
written by Steven Holzner. That and "Perl in a Nutshell" published by
O'reilly. Those two should get you up to speed on Perl , that and
hang out in the UseNet groups reading Post will help you as well.
Next step is to start Coding Perl . I was lucky when I first started
out and got a job coding intranet applications for a surveying
company in my area. That gave me enougf exposure to problem solving
with Perl to get me started exploring usages for Perl . CPAN
contains more answers to problems than I'll probaly use the rest of
As for class room instruction , Some Community Collages offer Perl ,
Our local CC did at one time , usualy they require at least 10
students in a class to cover expenses..
There are Online courses avaiable as well.