garthish has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

Are there any worthwhile CBTs for perl anyone can recommend? My co-workers wish to seek perl wisdom the easy way and my employers have a modest pile of cash for training...
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Re: Recommended Computer Based Training Software?
by SageMusings (Beadle) on Jun 10, 2004 at 22:43 UTC
    The monks bestow blessings upon you, garthish.

    I know that Deitel makes a CBT for Perl. Just look at the bottom of this page While I have not used it, I have used their CBT for C#. Overall, I'm impressed. Not only is the accompanying text dense with good examples, the lessons on the CD illustrate important concepts without pretending to build full-blown apps.

    I never used the CBT route for Perl. It was enough to simply curl up with a book for a few hours and begin simple scripts. My knowledge really ballooned when I decided to code a vexing problem in Perl; I just jumped in with both feet and picked up what I needed as went along.

    If you know C, you're 85% there. All you need is regexs and the Perl idiom, which comes with time. Don't spend the money on a CBT.
Re: Recommended Computer Based Training Software?
by gryphon (Abbot) on Jun 10, 2004 at 22:59 UTC

    Greetings garthish,

    You might want to look into purchasing the Perl CD Bookshelf. It includes Learning Perl, which is a fantastic way to learn Perl. Of course, they're not really all that interactive, but it's technically a CBT. I have, use, and love the CD bookshelf. One of the best things O'Reilly ever did.

    code('Perl') || die;

Re: Recommended Computer Based Training Software?
by valdez (Monsignor) on Jun 11, 2004 at 08:32 UTC

    There is also some Perl training at Sun; those courses are free for ACM members.

    Ciao, Valerio