in reply to How do I use Perl?

First you need Perl installed on your system. If you use Unix/Linux, chances are good that it already is. Otherwise, goto If you use Win32, try ActiveState. If you use a Mac, try MacPerl.

Once you have it installed, the first step to using Perl is to read perlman:perl. Also, check out for up to date documentation.

To learn Perl, buy and read Learning Perl and hang out here.

Good luck!


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Re: (jeffa) Re: How do I use Perl?
by mrbbking (Hermit) on May 17, 2002 at 00:11 UTC
    Great suggestions, jeffa.

    Don't forget that MacPerl is a 'Classic' application, meant for MacOS 9.x and earlier. See the thread, MacPerl for more on the subject. MacOS X fits in with your Unix/Linux statement - it is BSD-based, and it ships with Perl 5.6.0 installed.

    Don't get me wrong - MacPerl is great! Were it not for MacPerl a few years ago, I'd never have started learning Perl.

    Beyond that, I'd second cjf's thoughts at Re: How do I use Perl?