Well I'm guessing your new to perl so let me offer you a book that helped me greatly.
First off you're probably thinking of using an O'Reilly book to get started they are good
but not as simple as a true newbie book. O'Reilly tends to use a lot of complexity.
To get started I suggest "SAMS Teach Yourself Perl in 21 Days" After that the O'Reilly book will
be super easy. Then you can move onto more complex Perl if you're trying to attain Perl purism.
I'm still learning. Perl is my first language. The next book after those two (It's more or less a
really nice supplement but it would be wise to go thorugh it because it contains some of the more
complex issues with Perl) This book is O'Reilly's "Programming Perl". Just go to Amazon.com or
your local Media Store. Have fun!
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