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Learning Perl by Randal Schwartz

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This video lecture is conducted by Randal Schwartz and focuses on learning to program in Perl for beginners to the language.

When O’Reilly Media first started, one of the books that was synonymous with its name was the Learning Perl series, more commonly known as the ‘Llama Book’. Schwartz authored it, and continues to update it to this day. He actively conducts courses on Perl, and has refined the book through its many iterations based on feedback. In this video lecture, we finally have this privilege of ‘sitting’ live in one of his famed classes.

The course he teaches here is based on the ‘Learning Perl, 5th Edition’ book which focuses on Perl 5.10. In fact, the he encourages his people looking for more in depth detail to refer to it.

If you are a sysadmin looking to learn up Perl, this video lecture is a great way to do it. One thing I’d like to point out is, DO NOT be discouraged by the fact this is Perl 5.10. There may be newer versions out there, but Perl 5.10 is among the most widely used ones. In fact, Red Hat Linux 6 ships with Perl 5.10 out of the box.

The best part of these lectures are that via smart editing and Schwartz’s experience, the sessions have been split into smaller, more manageable chunks. Videos are on average 30 minutes in length, which is just about right. His enthusiasm for Perl clearly shows when he teaches, and is admittedly infectious. There were a few times when I had to pick up my laptop and start trying out some Perl concepts after a hard day’s work, because his excitement caught on.

Overall, this is a great introduction to Perl, conducted by one of the pioneering evangelists of this language. I’d recommend this, especially if you need to pick up a scripting language for Enterprise use. As recommended, you should supplement the videos with the Learning Perl book for ‘offline’ learning.

You can purchase this series here.

Disclaimer: I reviewed this video as a part of Oreilly’s Blogger Review Program. In exchange for my honest opinion on the videos, I received an electronic copy of the video series at no charge.