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

I have a bit of a problem ahead of me. I am a relatively new UNIX admin with a background in networking and hardware. I have no programming experience, and have very quickly realized the need to be able to read and write at least very basic Perl scripts. I have been asked to take some existing Korn Shell system monitoring scripts that were written by an old admin that has moved on to bigger and better things, and streamlime them and possibly rewrite them in Perl. So here begins my real question. What path would the masters recommend to save a poor soul like me. Are there any definitive books and/or courses online that you would recommend to get me pointed in the right direction?