This book really is a good place to start. I actually started with the Learning Perl "Llama" book and i am an NT Sys Admin with little Unix knowledge and it was a little hard to get a handle on a couple of concepts, so i switched about half way through and finished with the Learning Perl for Win32 and it helped out alot. I too thought that the DBM chapter could have been left out of this book. I have since moved onto Perl Programming and Win32 Perl books. I like the pace of the Learning Perl books. This was my first programming language and i am hooked.
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