Best Way To Learn Perl?

in General Discussion edited January 2014
I'm a Java guy, I code a lot in WebObjects, but here I am on OSX - a UNIX platform - and I don't know the standard UNIX scripting glue language Perl, yes I'm embarassed.

How should I best deal with this?

A - screw it and just learn Applescript [nah, too proprietary, "it's just not the same" my gut tells me]

B - forget Perl, and just do everything in project builder using the UI tools and Java/Cocoa. Well, yeah, I can probably do this, but then I wouldn't be learning a cool, quick and dirty scripting glue language that's standard across soooo many platforms now would I?

Where's the best place to start on the road to Perl Saint-Hood?



  • Reply 1 of 5
    Programming Perl....O'Reilly

    btw also brush up on shell scripts
  • Reply 2 of 5
    fobiefobie Posts: 216member
    [quote]Originally posted by madmax559:

    <strong>Programming Perl....O'Reilly</strong><hr></blockquote>

    That is a great book, go buy it!
  • Reply 3 of 5
    [quote]Originally posted by madmax559:

    <strong>Programming Perl....O'Reilly

    btw also brush up on shell scripts </strong><hr></blockquote>

    Thanks madmax, but I must admit, my shell script skills pretty much amount to ...

    take any command line you'd type in the shell

    stick a semi-colon at the end of

    stick a bunch of these together

    viola! a shell script.

    There more I looked at Perl on my own, the more it seemed that you are right, to be able to do much with Perl, your shell script skills have gotta be fairly decent too ... is there a secret spot to pick up on these skills (other than the man pages) or a place with some really cool examples?

    Rock on

  • Reply 4 of 5
    torifiletorifile Posts: 4,024member
    Have you tried <a href=""; target="_blank"></a>; ? I find it pretty helpful and it has good tutorials. Also, if you like to learn by example, there's always <a href=""; target="_blank"></a> . These aren't perl specific, but they do a good job with it. HTH.
  • Reply 5 of 5
    I second the O'Reilly books. If you've been writing for WebObjects (and I'm assuming Java has been your language of choice for WO) you'll pick up perl easily. The O'Reilly books rock though, you should definitely have them.
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