First welcome! I learnt most of what I know about Perl here, so you are in the right place. Two points -
You *must* do the exercises in 'Learning Perl' as you go along, if you don't you will just get confused. Install perl, which is usually quite simple, get a text editor, and away you go.
I recommend an excellent book called 'Data munging with Perl'. This is a common use for Perl and a good application field in which to learn it.
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