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#1 Dominic

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Posted 20 July 2011 - 06:09 PM

howdy peeps.. long time no see

i'm looking to start learning Perl but frankly simply getting started is doing my nut in.

Taking into account i have no experience of programming whatsoever (unless you count "BASIC" in college) and am self teaching from info i am gathering from the web... how on earth do i start?

so far ive gotten my hands on :-
perl cookbook
Learning perl on win32
Pspad editor
Activeperl 5.12.4 build 1205 (which contains perl critic + perl package manager)

im assuming you type the programming into the pspad editor but then how do you run it?
is there a better (free) program or setup i can download where i simply type the stuff then run it?

i know it sounds like a daft question but i cant begin to learn the language till i can get the computer to say "hello world" to me.

any help would be greatly appreciated

dom

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 07:01 AM

Try strawberry perl... if you are using windows.
http://strawberryperl.com/

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#3 mdfenko

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 07:08 AM

i don't know much about perl but check out this website:

the perl programming language
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#4 Dominic

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 08:54 AM

thanks guys

i tried strawberry but it refused to work so i stuck with activeperl

and that website is where i first found perl

ive worked out the problem btw (at 7:30 am after a long night of swearing)
the programs were running just fine but the command line interpreter was shutting down after it had run... thus all you got was a quick flicker of a black box then nothing... ive temporallily fixed this by adding an input line at the end of my programs (thus i have to hit enter before it will shut down) but if anyone knows of better software it would be greatly appreciated as this is a bit of a pain.

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 10:09 AM

thanks guys

i tried strawberry but it refused to work so i stuck with activeperl

and that website is where i first found perl

ive worked out the problem btw (at 7:30 am after a long night of swearing)
the programs were running just fine but the command line interpreter was shutting down after it had run... thus all you got was a quick flicker of a black box then nothing... ive temporallily fixed this by adding an input line at the end of my programs (thus i have to hit enter before it will shut down) but if anyone knows of better software it would be greatly appreciated as this is a bit of a pain.

dom

hey dom...yup, long time, no read (and like I understood what you just posted above :P)...hope you're doing well.
I don't know where you're at with this Perly stuff but our ubergeek perlmunk posted this site before in the Bioinformatic subforum...Perly Gates....hope it's useful...
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#6 Dominic

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 05:38 PM

star as ever cass... it looks perfect

dont worry i dont really understand much of what im typing either.. ive just had a few intense nights of perl and its beginning to sink in... im not the 'puter geek i used to be

dom

ok.. maybe perfect was OTT... but itll still be helpfull as a third teacher..thanks

Edited by Dominic, 21 July 2011 - 06:35 PM.


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Posted 22 July 2011 - 05:09 AM

star as ever cass... it looks perfect

dont worry i dont really understand much of what im typing either.. ive just had a few intense nights of perl and its beginning to sink in... im not the 'puter geek i used to be

dom

ok.. maybe perfect was OTT... but itll still be helpfull as a third teacher..thanks

you're welcome, dom....keep working on it and perhaps you can give perlmunk a run for his geeky money...:D
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Posted 11 October 2011 - 03:08 AM

'temporallily fixed this by adding an input line at the end of my programs'

have you fixed this problem yet?




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