in reply to The Gates of Perl are not newbie friendly.
If you put a little effort into finding the right docs, you'll find that almost everything you want to know about programming is available, either here or elsewhere on the 'net, for free. And if you have some money to spend, you can get some more great docs. Put in a little time searching, and you'll love the results.
"Uhh ... that'll take me three weeks, broken down as follows: 1 day for coding, the rest for meetings to explain why I only need 1 day for coding."