[Nottingham] Perl

Joshua Lock incandescant at gmail.com
Mon Jan 7 11:43:39 GMT 2008

On Jan 7, 2008 9:11 AM, Michael Erskine <msemtd at yahoo.co.uk> wrote:
> On Sunday 06 January 2008 12:44:21 Joshua Lock wrote:
> > I know this question gets asked every so often and I'm certain I've
> > asked it before (but several years ago); I'm looking to learn Perl.
> About time! :)
> > I'll probably use a small web project I am planning as a starting
> > point because I learn better by applying the stuff I'm learning.
> Hmmm, I'd start with text processing, webscraping and automation first. CGI is
> a massive subject and not in any way Perl specific. However...

Sounds like the sensible way to do it. I'm looking to get up to speed
quick enough to have a simple web app developed by the end of the
month though... Sound doable on a few hours a week?

> > Can anyone recommend:
> > * Web resources (tutorials and documentation)
> > * Toolkits (for web development)
> > * Books (perhaps to be lent to me at the next meeting :)
> The Camel book is all you need really - it's a damn good read. Follow that up
> with the Perl Cookbook (I can lend you both when I get them back :) ) for
> examples. Avoid getting tied into any specific web framework: learn the CGI
> module and the various merits of web frameworks become clear. Just my 2p.

Relative time constraints where why I was thinking of using a web framework.

> > Speaking of meetings, what and when is the next?
> The next meeting will quite possibly be entitled "Teaching Josh Perl" and will
> be... erm, soon!


Joshua Lock
incandescant at gmail.com

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