APM: Question about learning Perl

Axford, Joe Jaxford at nextgen.com
Fri Dec 6 14:31:29 PST 2013


For me, working through the learning perl (llama) and most of the intermediate perl (alpaca) books, then finding perldoc::server to easily use perl documentation (I had no linux experience but I was learning), then working through some catalyst (and some dbix::class, html::formhandler, template::toolkit) docs, I came up with a project:


Then another project:


By then I was well on my way to learning perl.

You can get more details if you want to take the time to read this:


blogs.perl.org, irc.perl.org, perlweekly.com and lots of good people like t0m, mst, Peter Rabbitson, John Nap, Gabor and others helped me solve problems after I first did my best to solve them myself.

It took some time and effort, good people and good resources - to include the Internet.

Good luck!




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From: Austin [mailto:austin-bounces+jaxford=nextgen.com at pm.org] On Behalf Of Mark Voltz
Sent: Friday, December 06, 2013 1:52 PM
To: Austin Perl Mongers
Subject: APM: Question about learning Perl

I hope this is an appropriate question for this group.

At some point in your life you didn't know Perl (that's my assumption anyway).  What book/class/mentor... helped get you from beginner to wherever you are now?

Was it a mixture of multiple influences?  Is there an indispensable Perl book that you all have on your shelves?

I'm curious because I'd like to learn more Perl but I've got serious limitations on my time.  I don't want to shortcut the learning journey but I really don't want to pick up just any old book that may lead me down the wrong path.

I guess I'd also like to know if there are materials to avoid as well.


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