How to learn PERL!

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    • #6933
      Anonymous
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      Can anyone recommended a good book or online video contents on learning PERL?

      Like idiots guide as I have not done much programming but want to get good at it.

      Thanks

    • #43063
      rattis
      Participant

      I’ve always liked Learning Perl. The latest edition just came out. I usually get started and then have to give up to go do other things and forget enough by the time I get back to it.

    • #43064
      hurtl0cker
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      +1 for Learning Perl, 5th Edition, a nice book to get started.

      I didn’t check for Perl but there might be some good videos here – http://showmedo.com/

      if you are starting to learn some new programming language why don’t you consider Python?? (Perl is a nice language but I am a little bit biased towards Python)

    • #43065
      Anonymous
      Participant

      Thanks I would love to start with python but at my current job they want me to write a scrip in perl and its taking me ages I don’t have clue where to start and get it sorted.

    • #43066
      Darktaurus
      Participant

      I did use the Learning Perl book too which I thought was pretty good.  I think it some errors in it and I had to find the errata on the site a lot.  I usually ended up doing a lot of regular expression scripts tho. 

    • #43067
      Anonymous
      Participant

      ok thanks for the resources now to get cracking with it !!

    • #43068
      blackazarro
      Participant

      There’s a good book on coding for penetration tester that was released last week. Among other scripting languages that the book talks about, Perl is included. This is a must read and I’m definitely going to get my hands on it.

    • #43069
      p0et
      Participant

      That’s the 2nd time today I heard about that “Coding for Penetration Tester” book.  Is it good for an absolute programming beginner?  I keep debating whether or not to learn Python as my first language or Perl.  I heard Python is much more popular/beneficial in the hacking world (more tools/exploits written in it) but at work, we only use Perl and SQL for programming languages.

    • #43070
      YuckTheFankees
      Participant

      p0et,

      I say learn the language that you use at work, you’ll pick it up fast (since you will definitely use it everyday) and then you’ll be able to pick up python faster if you ever decide to learn that one as well.

    • #43071
      n3r
      Participant

      For those who read french there is a great website on every language :
      http://www.siteduzero.com/

    • #43072
      lorddicranius
      Participant

      @n3r wrote:

      For those who read french there is a great website on every language :
      http://www.siteduzero.com/

      Google Translate might be able to help with that:

      http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=fr&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.siteduzero.com%2F

    • #43073
      l33t5h@rk
      Participant

      Have you thought about Ruby?

      I am from a vbscript & perl background, then evolved into powershell & perl. I work mainly in Ruby know, it’s pretty easy & powerful, and is generally agnostic about OS.

    • #43074
      Triban
      Participant

      I think there is a “Learn Perl the hard way” book.  I am currently using the free Python one to learn that and it gets decent reviews.  I mostly use Powershell though in my day-to-day activities.  Import-CSV = awesome! 😀

    • #43075
      l33t5h@rk
      Participant

      PowerShell is pretty sweet, the Stop-Process cmdlet is the first thing I’ve seen from MSFT that actually operates the way kill would in *nix.

      I guess I’d suggest just focusing on a few items that need to be scripted, plotting out the logic, then writing them in a different language until you find one you really feel comes naturally to you. Taking that first step into programming/scripting is scary if from a non-dev background but after a few months of doing it you’ll look back and be like wtf took me so long  😛

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