[Melbourne-pm] FW: beginner at Perl trying to learn it

Ben Hare benhare at gmail.com
Tue Aug 19 02:33:48 PDT 2008

Hi there,

there's many issues in your post to cover, sounds like your major
issue is actually your apache config. read up on www.apache.org.

also check programming perl, most Perl programmers start with this (
or Learning Perl ).

but really i just wanted to add: don't give up on the transition you
are trying to make. i studied multimedia but as the web changed i
initially taught myself Perl and have worked as a Perl programmer for
years since, many more years than i ever did as a web
designer/multimedia artist. the two skills are in fact an important
combination, particularly in front end web development.



On Tue, Aug 19, 2008 at 6:34 PM, John Thornton
<jdthornton at ozemail.com.au> wrote:
> Another poster just said that there is a Jon Thornton in this Perl group -
> no relation!!
> John
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Toby Corkindale [mailto:tjc at wintrmute.net]
> Sent: Tuesday, 19 August 2008 6:20 PM
> To: John Thornton
> Cc: melbourne-pm at pm.org
> Subject: Re: [Melbourne-pm] FW: beginner at Perl trying to learn it
> On Tue, Aug 19, 2008 at 06:07:50PM +1000, John Thornton wrote:
>> He is no relation to me! Nobody else in my family has the remotest
> interest
>> in computer programming or indeed computers at all!
> I'm sorry, you've confused me with that. Who are you talking about?
>> Here is my post again in HTML. [I am used to putting it in plain text in
>> case other people cannot handle the HTML.]
> I think this list will vastly prefer the plain-text version, so there's no
> need
> to re-post the HTML version - but thanks for thinking of us.
>> I am prepared to put in amount of work to learn Perl including reading
> books
>> etc.
> The "Learning Perl" book, ISBN 978-0596520106, is the classic text for such.
> http://www.amazon.com/Learning-Perl-5th-Tom-Phoenix/dp/0596520107/ref=pd_bbs
> _sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1219133821&sr=8-1
> Also, locally to Melbourne http://perltraining.com.au/ run courses on Perl.
> -Toby
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: John Thornton [mailto:jdthornton at ozemail.com.au]
>> Sent: Tuesday, 19 August 2008 5:55 PM
>> To: 'melbourne-pm at pm.org'
>> Subject: beginner at Perl trying to learn it
>>        Hello
>>             This is my first post on this Perl list. I am a 33 years young
>> postgraduate student of computer graphics: Indesign, photoshop etc.
>>             I have never attempted any computer programming before this
>> year. With an eye to webdesign/web programming I have spent this year
> trying
>> to learn some of the easier [?] programming languages. I don't know much
>> about computers and it's more luck than management if I put something in
> the
>> correct directory.
>>             This year I played with python 2.5 a little bit. Then I found
>> that I have in my graphics course access to ALL of the VTC [Virtual
> Training
>> Company] online tutorials including ones in computer programming in lots
> of
>> languages. So I installed apache 2.2, php, ruby, java IDE and perl.
>> Yesterday I installed perl [latest stable version] fully.
>>             So far, working through the VTC tutorial on Perl, I have
>> succeeded in testing my helloworld.pl program on the windows command line.
>> But I have failed to make hello world appear in my Firefox browser. I have
>> tried to follow the instructions in this VTC tutorial but I only get "that
>> url is not found on this server" in my window. Apache is definitely
> working.
>> Anyone could probably attempt the same tutorials on the VTC site; the
> early
>> ones for perl are open to guest log ins without payment. Interestingly,
> when
>> I tried to get the php going in the browser last week, I got the
> formatting
>> appearing in the browser. I am told on another forum that I might have to
>> change the apache config files to get PHP working. That's beyond me. That
>> or, I am told, I could download php, apache and perl again from the XAMPP
>> site. Now, if Idid that would I ruin my PC or Apache? Isn't it bad to
>> download something twice? What would happen to the Apache services that
> are
>> being run now?
>>              If anyone has any thoughts or suggestions on any of this I
>> would be pleased to hear them. But bear in mind that I am not a computer
>> person. I try to be one and succeed as often as I fail.
>>              Yours sincerely
>>              John , Melbourne, Vic.
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