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Re: Best Approach to Learn Perl for a Non Programmer

by advocate (Scribe)
on Aug 14, 2001 at 12:55 UTC ( #104699=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Best Approach to Learn Perl for a Non Programmer

I feel the same way...I have no experience in programming at all. Luckily, my mom (a PerlMonk) persuaded me to try learning Perl, and I am enjoying it!

So to help me get started, my mom bought me Beginning Perl (Simon Cozens) This book is good for learning the basics and for getting a clear idea of how to understand Perl and how it works. I've noticed that a lot of monks have recommended Learning Perl. I hope this one still helps!

I can't quite grasp all the concepts yet either, but from what I've been told, it's not something to worry about in the early stage of learning.

Good Luck!

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Re: Re: Best Approach to Learn Perl for a Non Programmer
by davorg (Chancellor) on Aug 14, 2001 at 13:19 UTC

    As I've said elsewhere, Learning Perl is really aimed at people who have experience of programming in other languages.

    Elements of Programming with Perl is the book that I recommend for complete beginners. I've heard good things about Beginning Perl as well, but I've not read it yet. I bought a copy in the YAPC::Europe auction so I'm going to take a closer look at it soon.

    And don't worry if you don't get all of the concepts first time round. Don't forget the we're here to help :)


    Perl Training in the UK <>

      Thanks davorg and everybody else's comments. They have been really helpfull with some great node links.

      I actually just bought Elements of Programming with Perl and I am just waiting for it to arrive. In the meantime, I have been doing the exercises at the end of each chapter in Learning Perl, but I wish Schwartz & Christiansen wouldn't use the term "similar to how it is in C" to explain some of the commands.

      I still feel that this site is the best resource because it is like having your own personal mentor of Perl guru's at your fingertips, except they make you work for the answer : ) which is the best way to learn in the long run.

      Thanks Again,

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