"Writing an article about getting started with Perl is a bit
like writing an article about getting started with neurosurgery.
Sure, I could cover some basics--but it would only leave you
scratching your head the first time something comes up that you've
never seen. I'd hate to see a neurosurgeon in that position! But no
matter what you do, there are always times when you just don't know
an answer. A much more horrible fate to suffer is to have no clue
where to go to find the answer. So, this article covers one or two
basics of Perl, just to show you that's it's not so scary, and a
future article will tell you where to find solutions when you're on
"Many of the uninitiated who first see Perl immediately become
intimidated by the arcane symbols, and strings that look as though
a cat walked across the keyboard. If you're one of these people,
fear no more..."
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