Perl is a free
language, so to speak. It doesn't require anything special in the form of programming platforms, and that I believe that the whole open source bit is part of why it's growing in popularity.
Can you learn Perl without using the text/CD references? Certainly. I only wish that I had a site like this for my first time stumbling through Obj. Oriented C++. Books are forever, support the authors for the time & effort they put forth writing them.
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