in reply to The best way to start learning Perl?
hi , i am also the the beginner of perl,
I most suggest you to use oreilly Learning Perl plus some online doc
my school use these two materials as lecture notes
there are very useful for learning perl, and my addtional suggestion is http://www.scriptsearch.com/Perl/ for some scripting , plus http://www.perl.com/cs/user/query/q/6?id_topic=74
Enjoy Perl ^^" ~