Sweet Mother of Perl!

James F. Carroll jcarroll at byu.net
Tue Mar 10 04:04:40 MDT 2009

On Wed, Mar 4, 2009 at 9:40 PM, Matt Nelson <matt at frozenatom.com> wrote:

> I need to get more familiar with perl to maintain existing
> scripts, and extend or create new ones.
> Can I get some recommendations on a good perl book?
> I'm looking for something that gives examples mainly related to interfacing
> with the linux system, ie: doing what most do in bash, but in perl, file
> access, working with files, renaming and other regex related tasks.  Also I
> would like one that sticks mostly to using packages that are included in
> the
> standard perl install.

at 10:06 PM, Matt wrote:

> I don't mind using CPAN, it just depends on what I'm doing.  If I'm
> deploying something to be used on hundreds of servers I don't like having
> to
> install packages.  If it is say a custom SNMP Nagios plugin I don't mind
> installing a handful of stuff from CPAN.

at 10:08 PM, Matt wrote:

> I always hated the whole "For Dummies" books...

As others have said...

   1. I think Perl Cookbook
<http://my.safaribooksonline.com/0596003137> or Perl
   in a Nutshell <http://my.safaribooksonline.com/0596002416> would be best
   for you.
   2. I learned with Learning
Perl<http://my.safaribooksonline.com/9780596520106> 4th
   ed. (currently 5th ed.).  Enjoyable, humorous reading.  Since you know
   python, bash, and regex, you don't need it; it might be too light-weight for

   - From what you've written, it sounds like you are an experienced Linux
   programmer; you know perl "makes hard things easy, and impossible things
   possible," both on and off the command line.
   - Is learning perl urgent for you?  If not, I encourage you to let
   necessity and curiosity drive your learning, looking up how to accomplish
   specific tasks reference books (#1 above), not tutorial books (#2 above).

You may already know:  If you are affiliated with an academic institution,
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to the Utah Academic Library Consortium.

James Carroll

jcarroll at byu.net

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