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Re^2: A tutorial for Perl to teach Beginners

by dba (Monk)
on Sep 09, 2004 at 15:39 UTC ( #389737=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

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Please start with an introduction to perldoc in your tutorial. For most 'starter' questions answers are immediately available. A must read is regex tutorial.
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Re^3: A tutorial for Perl to teach Beginners
by Your Mother (Bishop) on Sep 11, 2004 at 23:49 UTC

    I agree this should be right at the top but as has been discussed here before, the docs aren't written for beginners; or non-programmers for that matter. They take a great deal for granted. So assuming they answer beginner questions isn't necessarily a good idea. Even when the answers are there, they are often unintelligible to the neophyte. A beginner seeing things like split /PATTERN/,EXPR,LIMIT is as unenlightened as if she'd seen nothing at all.

Re^3: A tutorial for Perl to teach Beginners
by anadem (Scribe) on Sep 12, 2004 at 16:05 UTC
    I'm a newbie with perl, but have been hacking assembler since the 6502 so not really a beginner in the sense of 'non-programmer' -- if only i'd found perldoc (and knew how to use it) learning perl would be much simpler. Point to the things that perldoc can tell beginners, and give example code. What IS in perldoc? I still don't know how to find out.
    Another point where i find difficulty is OO --too old to have grown up with OO-- so a simple intro to that would be extremely useful to me at least :-)

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