SPUG: Re: Need a running start with PERL

Tim Maher tim at teachmeperl.com
Thu Apr 4 11:22:41 CST 2002

On Thu, Apr 04, 2002 at 08:46:13PM +1000, Hugh Blandford wrote:
> Hi all,
> are there any suggestions for a good place to start getting into PERL
> quickly.  There is a lot of info out there and I would like to save myself
> some grief.

My company offers a one-day "Minimal Perl" course, which is scheduled
for its next public offering in Seattle, June 7.   We also provide free
downloads of a shorter, self-teaching version of this course from our
web page.  Look under "Publications" in the left-hand frame at

> I have done hardly any programming in my time but really can't stomach
> another "Hello World" introduction to programming or producing one line
> search and replaces on a text string.
> PERL modules seem to be the go for me as it looks like someone a lot better
> at programming than me has done a lot of the hard work for me already.  Is
> it really the case of just looking through CPAN and see what grabs my
> attention...
> A project that I am looking at doing at the moment is taking some NetFlow
> data using the flow-tools package
> (http://www.splintered.net/sw/flow-tools/ ) and putting it into a Postgres
> database to use for billing.  I would also like to graph the data as well
> and am looking at FlowScan
> (http://net.doit.wisc.edu/~plonka/list/flowscan/ ) .
> Anyway suggestions of where to start or what to avoid would be greatly
> appreciated.

Our "Minimal Perl" course would get you started, although it emphasizes
"rolling your own" programs to do File Conversion, Data Validation,
Report Generation, and Number Crunching over module usage.

Our 4-day sequence called "Perl Programming, plus Modules" covers all
the basics, including the use of Modules, and will be taught next in
Seattle from 6/10-13.  For those looking for more advanced training,
we're also offering our "Intermediate Perl" and "Intro. to OO Perl"
courses in Seattle during the week of 4/15! 8-}

> Thanks,
> Hugh Blandford

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