Re: Perl Programming within Debian
On Saturday 30 December 2006 20:48, Samuel Bächler wrote:
> Hi Rocky
> > I'm thinking of learning Perl Programming. Can any of you help me get
> > started on how to programming Perl in Debian?
> In my opinion you should go through *Leaning Perl* by O'Reilly. I quite
> liked it. I am sure you will find it somewhere in the web.
Second that--this is the place to start.
I learned PERL doing WIndows, did quite useful and sophisticated stuff using
my own HTML parser (yes, they do have ready modules, but I did not know all
that when I wrote it. Mine was better, I think. Later ported it to C++.) I
did enjoy PERL.
PERL gives you a lot of rope to hang yourself though. Variable names are not
as flexable as other languages--more like bad old basic and they can contain
differing data types, no enforcement or warning of initialization, etc.
With Windows, we bought a nice debugger--any one know of such a beast GPLed
under Linux? Being able to watch those vairables was a life-saver. A decent
IDE would be nice as well (For using .net, one has Microsoft's Visual Studion
in Windows--result can run in linux using mono).
PERL style has changed radically over the years as has its usage
(PERL==PErsonal Report Language and who uses it for this nowadays?). Object
oriented programming (with silly syntax) can be as good as newer languages.
PERL can be readable as c (but that is not saying so much).