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Table of Contents Copyright . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xix Preface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xxi Part I. Getting Started 1. Introduction to Perl . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 What's Perl Good For? Perl Development Which Platforms Support Perl? Perl Resources 1.4.1 The comp.lang.perl.* Newsgroups 1.4.2 Frequently Asked Questions Lists (FAQs) 1.4.3 Mailing Lists 1.4.4 www.perl.com 1.4.5 The Perl Institute (www.perl.org) 1.4.6 Perl Mongers 1.4.7 The Perl Journal 1.4.8 Perl Conferences 1.4.9 Books 3 5 5 5 6 6 7 8 8 8 8 8 8 2. Installing Perl . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 2.1 The CPAN Architecture 2.2 How Is CPAN Organized? 2.3 Installing Perl 2.3.1 Installing on Unix 2.3.2 Installing on Win32 11 12 13 13 14 v