For getting started with Perl, see the links below:
From the documentation that ships with Perl:
Other getting started links:
Recent Getting Started Nodes (2020)
Extra Book References Added Later
Some book and other recommendations:
BTW chromatic gave some background on the philosophy behind his Modern Perl book in
Modern Perl assumes you're already decent at programming, so it elides some basic stuff in favor of explaining how
Perl works from philosophy to programming in the large. Learning Perl assumes you've never programmed before,
so it spends more time on the basics, covers less of the language, and doesn't explore the philosophy of Perl in as much detail.
See also: List of PM nodes discussing Perl books
Update: Added more references
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