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Re: Getting Started

by perl514 (Pilgrim)
on Apr 02, 2013 at 15:56 UTC ( #1026720=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Getting Started

Hi Shivam,


I wholehearted second the suggestion of buying "Learning Perl" (6th Edition is the latest one). I would also suggest that you buy "Beginning Perl" By Ovid. I too started off without any prior programming knowledge and by the time I was halfway through these two books, I already did small automation. Most important is "Do The Exercises At The End Of Chapter". It very very important.There is a reason why I included these two books in my signature...Because these books are simply awesome. :)

If you are on Windows, please try DWIM Perl. I suggest this primarily for two reasons. There is a chance that some application would already have some version of Activestate Perl already installed on your Windows System. I found this to be true in my case. So I downloaded and installed DWIM Perl, which installs in a complete separate directory.

It also comes pre loaded with a lot of useful Modules. To quote some, the Net::SSH2 Module (which is one of the many awesome Perl Modules used to login to other systems to run commands and capture output), The MIME::Lite Module which is perfect for automating the E-mail Alerts, The Config::Tiny Module which allows you to have a separate "config" file where you can store the username/Password, commands, and such stuff which your script will be using.

What you will also need is a good Perl Editor. If you use DWIM Perl, you'll get PADRE Editor. Or you can also try the Komodo Edit (Free Version).

Hope this helps you to get started

Perlpetually Indebted To PerlMonks

use Learning::Perl; use Beginning::Perl::Ovid; print "Awesome Books"; is a boon for Windows.

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