in reply to Out gunned - and crashing
You've already got two *excellent* answers. You've been here an hour. Perl is hard. Developing software is hard.
Give yourself some time. Write a few little, simple programs. Don't stress. Work your way through Learning Perl (aka the Llama, available from O'Reilly (see below) and your local bookstores). Work your way through Programming Perl (aka the Camel). Read lots of stuff on this site. Breath.