[Perl] It is never too late to learn!

All these years and I have never had the need to seriously learn perl until now. While searching for a good beginners guide I was particularly interested in a decent Computer Based Training (CBT), but that was hard to come by — at least trying to find a free one worth my while. I wanted something similar to the old DOS Unix CBT I once used when I was learning UNIX or even something to the extent of the Tcl CBT. Well, I did did not quite find what I was looking for, so instead I checked what was already available on my BSD box for learning perl:

`--> apropos perl | grep doc
perlapi(1)               - autogenerated documentation for the perl public API
perldoc(1)               - Look up Perl documentation in Pod format
perlintern(1)            - autogenerated documentation of purely internal Perl functions
perlplan9(1)             - Plan 9-specific documentation for Perl
perlpod(1)               - the Plain Old Documentation format Xref "POD plain old documentation"
perltoc(1)               - perl documentation table of contents
perlvms(1)               - VMS-specific documentation for Perl

What stood out to me was perltoc(1). And, it is what I used for the basis of starting to learn perl. For example perltoc(1) — like its’ name suggest will provide a brief table of contents for the rest of the perl documentation set. I used it to scan for areas that interested me about perl.

`--> man perltoc | col -bx | egrep "perl.+ -+ .*" | sed 's/^ *//' | more
perltoc - perl documentation table of contents
perlintro -- a brief introduction and overview of Perl
perlreftut - Mark's very short tutorial about references
perldsc - Perl Data Structures Cookbook
perllol - Manipulating Arrays of Arrays in Perl
perlrequick - Perl regular expressions quick start
perlretut - Perl regular expressions tutorial
perlboot - Beginner's Object-Oriented Tutorial
perltoot - Tom's object-oriented tutorial for perl
perltooc - Tom's OO Tutorial for Class Data in Perl
perlbot - Bag'o Object Tricks (the BOT)
perlperf - Perl Performance and Optimization Techniques
perlstyle - Perl style guide
perlcheat - Perl 5 Cheat Sheet
perltrap - Perl traps for the unwary
perldebtut - Perl debugging tutorial
perlfaq - frequently asked questions about Perl
perlfaq  - this document, perlfaq1 - General Questions About Perl,
perlfaq2 - Obtaining and Learning about Perl, perlfaq3 -

Once I got feet wet I decided to purchase one of the O’ Reilly Books: Programming Perl 4th Edition.And, I also found the following sites useful: http://learn.perl.org and http://perldoc.perl.org.

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