Programming is about solving problems and good communication. But before code is written, you need to know how to solve the problem. Breaking the problem into component parts assists in the process. And being able to model the problem so that it’s easy to implement and test also helps. Combine this with a solid understanding of the programming language itself – a good programming book contributes to all aspects of problem solving. Perl has the virtue it can solve a problems in a few lines of code. Perl programmers solve problems and get things done.
The popularity of a book is influenced by personal feelings, tastes, and opinions. Programming books accord to this general rule. There is a wide range of Perl books. As Perl is an open source programming language, with an eclectic heritage written by Larry Wall with thousands of contributors, it is welcome some authors have released their Perl books under a freely distributable license.
Perl is a high-level, general-purpose, interpreted, scripting, dynamic programming language released under the GPL or Artistic license. Perl’s syntax has its roots in shell scripting tools, borrowing features from other languages including C, shell script (sh), AWK, and sed. It is available for most operating systems. Perl is implemented as an interpreted (not compiled) language. It is procedural, with variables, expressions, assignment statements, control structures, blocks and subroutines.
Perl is a versatile language. It is often used to write (CGI) scripts, manipulate text, general web programming, networking, system administration, prototyping, database access, and graphical programming. One of the most powerful features of Perl is its extensive library of modules. Many of these modules are available from the Comprehensive Perl Archive Network (CPAN), which mirrors over 185,000 Perl modules.
Here’s our recommended tutorials to learn Perl. If you’re looking for free Perl programming books, check here.
1. Perl Maven tutorial by Gábor Szabó
The Perl Maven tutorial will teach you the basics of the Perl programming language. You’ll be able to write simple scripts, analyze log files and read and write CSV files. Just to name a few common tasks.
You’ll learn how to use CPAN and several specific CPAN modules. It will be a good foundation for you to build on.
2. Learn Perl in Y Minutes by Korjavin Ivan
Perl 5 is a highly capable, feature-rich programming language with over 25 years of development.
3. Interactive Perl tutorials by Alex Muntada
Ever wondered what that line would print while reading a Perl tutorial? Tired of reading outdated information? Still stuck with old books? Now there is a solution!
4. Learn Perl in about 2 hours 30 minutes by Sam Hughes
This document is intended to be as short as possible, but no shorter.
5. Perl Distilled by Martin Jones
This booklet is for you if:
- you write Perl programs that work, but lack the confidence gained by understanding what is beneath Perl’s layer of abstraction,
- you need a model in order to reason about the way yours or other people’s Perl programs work,
- or you have just attended a Perl course and need a set of reminder notes that cover the ‘dirty details’ part of the course
6. Essential Perl by Nick Parlante
This document is a quick introduction to the Perl language. Perl has many features, but you can get pretty far with just the basics, and that’s what this document is about. The coverage is pretty quick, intended for people with some programming experience.
7. Template::Tutorial::Web by Andy Wardley
This tutorial document provides a introduction to the Template Toolkit and demonstrates some of the typical ways it may be used for generating web content. It covers the generation of static pages from templates using the tpage and ttree scripts and then goes on to show dynamic content generation using CGI scripts and Apache/mod_perl handlers.
8. Perl 6 Introduction by Naoum Hankache
This document is intended to give you a quick overview of the Perl 6 programming language. For those new to Perl 6, it should get you up and running.
9. Perl Tutorial for Beginners: Learn in 1 Day by Guru99
Perl is a programming language specially designed for text editing. It’s now widely used for a variety of purposes including Linux system administration, network programming, web development, etc.
10. Perl Tutorial by Perl Tutorial
A comprehensive Perl tutorial with practical examples. If you’re new to Perl, this tutorial is an excellent start. If you want to review your Perl knowledge, you will find some new features of the Perl language, which has been released in the recent versions. This Perl tutorial is updated to version 5.24.
11. Perl for Perl newbies by Shlomi Fish
This is a public domain tutorial.
All tutorials in this series:
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|ABAP||Advanced Business Application Programming|
|Ada||ALGOL-like programming language, extended from Pascal and others|
|Agda||Dependently typed functional language based on intuitionistic type theory|
|Alice||Educational language with an integrated development environment|
|Arduino||Inexpensive, flexible, open source microcontroller platform|
|Assembly||As close to writing machine code without writing in pure hexadecimal|
|Awk||Versatile language designed for pattern scanning and processing|
|Bash||‘Bourne-Again-SHell’ is both a shell and programming language|
|BASIC||Family of general-purpose, high-level programming languages|
|C||General-purpose, procedural, portable, high-level language|
|C++||General-purpose, portable, free-form, multi-paradigm language|
|C#||Combines the power and flexibility of C++ with the simplicity of Visual Basic|
|Chapel||Parallel-programming language in development at Cray Inc.|
|Clojure||Dialect of the Lisp programming language|
|COBOL||Common Business-Oriented Language|
|Coq||Dependently typed language similar to Agda, Idris, F*, Lean, and others|
|Crystal||General-purpose, concurrent, multi-paradigm, object-oriented language|
|CSS||CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) specifies a web page’s appearance|
|D||General-purpose systems programming language with a C-like syntax|
|Dart||Client-optimized programming language for fast apps|
|Dylan||Multi-paradigm language, supports functional & object-oriented programming|
|ECMAScript||Best known as the language embedded in web browsers|
|Elixir||Relatively new functional language that runs on the Erlang virtual machine|
|Emacs Lisp||A dialect of the Lisp programming language.|
|Erlang||General-purpose, concurrent, declarative, functional language|
|F#||General purpose, strongly typed, multi-paradigm language. Part of ML|
|Factor||Dynamic stack-based language|
|Forth||Imperative stack-based programming language|
|Fortran||The first high-level language, using the first compiler|
|GDScript||Godot’s built-in language for scripting and interacting with nodes|
|Go||Compiled, statically typed programming language|
|Groovy||Powerful, optionally typed and dynamic language|
|Hack||For the HipHop Virtual Machine (HHVM), created as a dialect of PHP|
|Haml||HTML Abstraction Markup Language|
|Haskell||Standardized, general-purpose, polymorphically, statically typed language|
|HTML||HyperText Markup Language|
|Icon||High-level, general-purpose language|
|J||Array programming language based primarily on APL|
|Java||General-purpose, concurrent, class-based, object-oriented, high-level language|
|Julia||High-level, high-performance language for technical computing|
|Kotlin||Statically typed, general-purpose programming language with type inference|
|LabVIEW||Designed to enable domain experts to build power systems quickly|
|LaTeX||Professional document preparation system and document markup language|
|Less||Backwards-compatible language extension for Cascading Style Sheets|
|Limbo||Designed for applications running distributed systems on small computers|
|Lisp||Unique features - excellent to study programming constructs|
|Logo||Dialect of Lisp that features interactivity, modularity, extensibility|
|Lua||Designed as an embeddable scripting language|
|Markdown||Plain text formatting syntax designed to be easy-to-read and easy-to-write|
|MoonScript||Dynamic scripting programmer friendly language that compiles into Lua|
|Nim||Statically typed compiled systems language with syntax resembling Python|
|Objective-C||General purpose language which is a superset of C|
|OCaml||General-purpose, powerful, high-level language|
|Octave||High-level language, primarily intended for numerical computations|
|OpenCL||Open Computing Language|
|Pascal||Imperative and procedural language designed in the late 1960s|
|Perl||High-level, general-purpose, interpreted, scripting, dynamic language|
|Pike||Interpreted, general-purpose, high-level, cross-platform, dynamic language|
|PHP||PHP has been at the helm of the web for many years|
|Pony||Pony is an actor-model, capabilities-secure, high-performance language|
|PostScript||Page description language in electronic and desktop publishing|
|Prolog||General purpose, declarative, logic programming language|
|PureScript||Small strongly, statically typed language with expressive types|
|Python||General-purpose, structured, powerful language|
|QML||Hierarchical declarative language for user interface layout with a syntax to JSON|
|R||De facto standard among statisticians and data analysts|
|Racket||Platform for programming language design and implementation|
|Raku||Member of the Perl family of programming languages|
|Ruby||General purpose, scripting, structured, flexible, fully object-oriented language|
|Rust||Ideal for systems, embedded, and other performance critical code|
|Scala||Modern, object-functional, multi-paradigm, Java-based language|
|Scheme||General-purpose, functional, language descended from Lisp and Algol|
|Scratch||Visual programming language designed for 8-16 year-old children|
|Solidity||Object-oriented, high-level language for implementing smart contracts|
|SQL||Access and manipulate data held in a relational database management system|
|Standard ML||One of the two main dialects of the ML language|
|Swift||Powerful and intuitive general-purpose programming language|
|Tcl||Dynamic language based on concepts of Lisp, C, and Unix shells|
|V||Statically typed compiled language to build maintainable software|
|Vala||Object-oriented language with a self-hosting compiler that generates C code|
|VHDL||Very High Speed Integrated Circuit Hardware Description Language|
|VimL||Powerful scripting language of the Vim editor|
|XML||Set of rules for defining semantic tags that describe the structure and meaning|