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Old 04-02-2008, 03:38 AM   #1
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i am a newbie and using ubuntu 7.10 (gusty). i want to learn pearl, and use python

is ubuntu have inbuild support for them. or i have to download some ide or compiler then plz give me web address of that page. but i have heared that linux do have inbuild support for many languages. also if it is inbuild, then how should i start it in some text editor or what plz tell the exact location..........
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Don't know much about using Perl but have a look at the documents here for Python.


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1) A good beginning is to install a little perl-package, PackageDataView:
'apt-get install pdbv' (Or use synaptic to install)
indexing all your files, so you can see all perl and python already installed.
2)Google learn perl cpan....and see
3)For python: install 'python2.4-doc' (or 'python2.5-doc')
Good luck.
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The language is Perl, not Pearl, and it, too, has a lot of web sites:

Now, here's a few pointers:
  1. Just about any language you can name (except those from Microsoft ) is going to have an implementation on Linux ... for free, and it's gonna be good.
  2. ... but you might have to install it. (In the case of Perl and Python, though, it's probably already there.)
  3. The very best way to learn any language is: look at some code! Surf to the language sites and poke around for tutorials. Poke around your own system for files that represent programs written in those languages: for Python, and .pl or .pm for Perl.
  4. "Prepare to be amazed," also prepare to be , and above all... "don't panic!(tm)"
I don't care who you are or what languages you've learned or how many times you've been through this, but... the first thing that's gonna happen is the mind explosion.

"The mind explosion" is that moment when everything in your mind and body fairly screams at you: "OMG! I'm sunk! It finally happened! This is the thing I'll never be able to learn! My three-year-old nephew can do it but OMG, there's no way ..."

These things, too, will pass.

Beer helps.

(In fact, beer helps considerably...)

And so, you study a lot of code. Then you study some more code. And you try .. cautiously .. a bit of your own code .. and, well-l-l-l ... let's just say that you need to do this next to a light-pole of known height to see if when your code blows-up it does-or-does-not clear the pole. (Start a competition. Calculate the trajectory and measure exactly how far the ones-and-zeroes fly. Put it on YouTube...)

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Old 04-03-2008, 01:41 AM   #5
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Both perl and python are installed by default with ubuntu.

Python online tutorial:

Online perl book:


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