in reply to a newbie to perl needing help

First welcome! I learnt most of what I know about Perl here, so you are in the right place. Two points -

  1. You *must* do the exercises in 'Learning Perl' as you go along, if you don't you will just get confused. Install perl, which is usually quite simple, get a text editor, and away you go.
  2. I recommend an excellent book called 'Data munging with Perl'. This is a common use for Perl and a good application field in which to learn it.

Have fun!

-- Anthony Staines