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Re: Re: Beginning Perl for system admins

by QwertyD (Pilgrim)
on Sep 19, 2002 at 22:44 UTC ( #199330=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: Beginning Perl for system admins
in thread Beginning Perl for system admins

If the book is Teach Yourself Perl in 21 Days by Laura Lemay, it's a perfectly good way to learn perl. The 21 days part is decieving: you could only devour the book and do all its exercises in 21 days if you did nothing else except sleep and eat. Even then, you wouldn't get enough practice with all the things you learned.

I got through the first few chapters in a few weeks, and then referred back to the book when I wanted a tutorial on, say, regexes, or the debugger. That, the manpages, and Perlmonks were all I needed to get a pretty solid foundation of the language.

If it is this book, then it has a fairly extensive chapter and apendicies about how to obtain and set up Perl on Unix, Windows, and MacOS. The only thing that makes me suspicious is that jjohnson says "I have downloaded \"Learn Perl in 21 Days\"". This either means that I'm thinking of the wrong book, or that jjohnson just downloaded the code listings from the book's site and didn't read the book. That's usually not a good way to learn Perl.

Tell us when you get it working, jjohnson.


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Re: Re: Re: Beginning Perl for system admins
by carthag (Scribe) on Sep 20, 2002 at 13:37 UTC

    He's quite possibly talking about the Lemay book, as I've seen it available as (scanned+ocred+formatted) on irc several times.

    I bought it, and it is good, though I didn't spend more than the allotted time (as perl is my 3rd/4th language, I could jump the first few days quite quickly) It's not a replacement for the camel (which I have acquired later on), as it does not delve into OO or the other more advanced stuff very much. It's well-written, though, and clearly understandable.

    Anyway, I meant to say, don't download the book, buy it, it's worth the money.

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