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by Anonymous Monk
on Oct 26, 2000 at 00:45 UTC ( #38493=perlquestion: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

Anonymous Monk has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

I'm new so go easy on me, I have a question that I can't figure out. I've tried for a bit now, but am having problems. I can't figure it out. How do you use perl?

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Re: Perl?
by btrott (Parson) on Oct 26, 2000 at 00:49 UTC
    The same way you use anything else:
    use perl;
    of course.

    Or you can do

    perldoc perl
    and get started there.
Re: Perl?
by Fastolfe (Vicar) on Oct 26, 2000 at 00:49 UTC
    You type "perl".

    Or under Unix, you can put #!/usr/bin/perl (or whatever for your system) as the first line of your script.

    See perlrun or buy any of the dozens of Perl books on the market that goes into introductory Perl topics. We definitely need more information to be able to help you. "How do you use Perl?" is impossible to answer.

      Well, how do you get it to do stuff?
        Perl is a programming language. You write programs in it, and execute those programs by running them through a Perl interpreter.

        If you honestly do not understand this concept, perhaps you don't need to be using Perl. Generally people come up with a problem that a scripted programming language can solve, and then learn how to use said language (e.g. Perl) to solve that problem.

        If you've just been hearing about Perl in the media and want to jump on the bandwagon and be a Perl scripter yourself, I'd suggest purchasing any of the numerous Perl books (my favorites are the O'Reilly series, see and reading some of the introductory topics on this site under Tutorials, as well as the Perl manual pages perl, perlfunc, perltut, etc.

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