in reply to Beginning Perl for system admins

jjohnsson wrote: I have a question, obviously about perl.

Your question is, but that is by no means obvious for most Perl questions.

In fact I would hazard a guess that the vast majority of "Perl questions" are not about Perl at all, but about a variety of other subjects of only peripheral relevance, for example:

web server configuration
shell scripting
line endings in text files on different operating systems
file permissions

BTW, no programming language works "exactly" the same under different operating systems, but Perl comes closer than most.

Helgi Briem

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Re: Re: Beginning Perl for system admins
by tretin (Friar) on Sep 20, 2002 at 18:11 UTC
    IMO, Perl is great as a beginning, and a repeat language. I started out programming in Perl (and for what it's worth I am still very much a beginner) and I have never regretted that choice. I have found my computer science classes to be much easier having learned what I did in Perl, as it was a great basis of introduction into the way of thinking a programmer should have. I would recommend merlyn's book Learning Perl, as I have read it at least twice, and it was a great starter source. After you read the Llama, I read the Camel (Programming Perl) and frequently use it as a reference whenever I need to solve a problem (I can't tell you how much that index of commands helps me).

    I know absolutely nothing about being a SA, but I'm sure you can take up Perl as a spare time kind of habit, and become a good SA and coder over time.

    Good luck and -w, use strict;
    work it harder make it better do it faster makes us stronger more than ever hour after our work is never over.