Name: [122] Steven Devijver
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'Hello World' with Perl [ID:091] (1/4)

in series: Introduction to Perl

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A short introduction to running Perl scripts on a Unix, Linux or Cygwin system. In this video Steven shows you how to get started with Perl in what hopefully becomes a ShowMeDo series.

This could be the start of a Perl series - leave feedback below to say what else you'd like to see!

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Uploaded on 30th November 2006, running time 7 minutes.


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121. canadian viagra Fri, 15 Oct 2010 05:28

Hi Steven,

thank you for your time. Since I need to learn some Perl I'll be following your next tutorials. There are few things, however, I'd wish to comment on.

You've managed to teach a little unix here and there without telling so (so that one might think that chmod +x is perl), a little of vi and why you like it (i like it too), and so on, but very little perl. The way I see it, the only thing one learns here is that "perl is an interpreted programming language". The rest is redundant for those who know, and far too ambiguous for a computer newbie to understand.

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119. GabGlollig Sun, 26 Sep 2010 23:02

Very good video.Some videos for a little bigger and complex program will be very helpful in learning.

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Great video for a learner like me.

Thanks a lot.

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112. Michaeloi Thu, 02 Sep 2010 22:19

Great video for a learner like me.

Thanks a lot.

111. Michaeloi Thu, 02 Sep 2010 21:51

Great video for a learner like me.

Thanks a lot.

110. KatrinaPef Fri, 20 Aug 2010 21:51

IT is very nice. I am a beginner in perl. It's very useful. Please make more videos on pel.

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i wants to see more python tutors

Nice intro to using perl...on to your next video...eeb2

106. Ian Babelon Fri, 13 Aug 2010 06:11

I like it very much, I am a beginner and it is the best introduction one can look at

105. RobertPeni Mon, 02 Aug 2010 09:30

Thanks Steven it is a good introduction session on PERL

My question is how can PERL help in writing automated testing, I am wondering if you can create a video showing a test case that is running a test and how can we modify that test case to do more testing, this is what we see in the new jobs requirements in product development



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Very clever tutorial, its good to know some tricks of linux too.. will like to here more about perl on linux environment, and also on a suggested IDE

101. isljyetv Mon, 26 Jul 2010 19:17

Excellent tutorial!

I can't wait to get started on the next one.

Great general intro.

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97. Wed, 09 Jun 2010 05:07

Hi Steven,

I've just watched the first video in your "Intrdroduction to Perl" series. I found it most helpful.


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Knowledgeable video...

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I don't have any programming background. But this video is good which makes me think perl is easy to pick up.

Keep up the good job.


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83. marinir seo Sat, 06 Mar 2010 17:59

want to learn more with you.. Thanks..

82. taglia xs woolrich Sat, 06 Mar 2010 14:57

excellent intro video......please make the complete videos....thx in advance.!!

Good stuff. One tiny remark. The command ls -all is actually equivalent to ls -a -l -l where the -a flag says to list files and directories starting with dot (.) and -l says to list in long format (including permission flags, etc). The second -l is ignored and the -a flag is not needed since we just want to list

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73. gjmuseub Thu, 21 Jan 2010 09:11


as I am a complete novice to Perl, I find it most helpful to see your videos for the first steps. Thick textbooks tend to make one lonely.

Cheers Bernhard

72. Sobanders Fri, 15 Jan 2010 16:02

Hi Steven,

Very good. Please don't stop making videos. I want to learn more, please! Thank you.

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1. thanks a lot a great tutorial

2. I like the fact that you teach a little bit of shell and linux while you are at it, it's great

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that's very helpful for the starter, thank you

67. anonymous Sun, 03 Jan 2010 08:23

Interesting :)

66. anonymous Sat, 02 Jan 2010 11:51

Wonderful tutorial!!!!!!!.......

65. anonymous Sat, 19 Dec 2009 18:32

Thank you for publishing this video, it is very helpful for people like me starting with Perl. I would like to be able to send you some emails with questions if it is possible.

Best regards,


64. anonymous Fri, 18 Dec 2009 08:51

This was really a nice video to teach how to start perl programming.

thanks a lot


63. anonymous Sun, 06 Dec 2009 19:35

The basic PERL tutorial is quiet good !

62. anonymous Wed, 02 Dec 2009 09:21

Merci Steven ! I used pico as a texteditor on Mac OSx 'cause vi was not really responding to the abbreviations given; comments about changing permission for all users to be able to execute the test file was very useful !



61. anonymous Thu, 26 Nov 2009 20:30

Excellent, kind and helpful video. :-).

60. anonymous Fri, 20 Nov 2009 06:59

Very useful for the beginning Perl

I will finish all the tutorials.

Thank you.

59. anonymous Sat, 14 Nov 2009 04:01

very useful

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very useful

57. anonymous Tue, 10 Nov 2009 10:21

great job! i'm new, and i use it and it helpfull!

56. anonymous Fri, 06 Nov 2009 06:11

thanks , im trying to figure this stuff out. Great

55. anonymous Thu, 22 Oct 2009 21:08

Not to bad!!!!,Needs to be longer with more information,to easy.

54. anonymous Wed, 21 Oct 2009 09:56

Really like your perl videos. Thanks,


53. anonymous Tue, 20 Oct 2009 20:49

very helpful!

52. anonymous Thu, 15 Oct 2009 12:36

Thanks for taking the time to do the video

51. anonymous Thu, 15 Oct 2009 09:40

wonderful for starters

50. anonymous Sun, 13 Sep 2009 06:54

Nice intro on Perl, thanks. I will be watching te next..

49. anonymous Sat, 12 Sep 2009 19:35

This is great... simple, clear ... especially if you know nothing about the subject and need to run a perl script...

48. anonymous Fri, 11 Sep 2009 15:14

Great and Simple Perl Video...even gave me some interest in the dreadful vi. Please do more videos Stev! I'm going to watch the remaining 3 videos...Thx. Aa

47. anonymous Fri, 11 Sep 2009 03:22

I short but nice intro, good for a noob like me.

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Had a good intro on perl

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great for starters

44. anonymous Mon, 24 Aug 2009 00:20

It is very useful for me, thank you very much.

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Hi Steven,

We encourage you to do more videos.



42. anonymous Sun, 16 Aug 2009 15:20

Very good, Nice introduction. I did some perl years ago and this is a good refresher.

41. anonymous Mon, 10 Aug 2009 23:27

This perl tutorial is a best start for a person who don't know PERL.

40. anonymous Wed, 05 Aug 2009 20:03

thank you,very helpful basics,like to see using eclipse ide with epic plugin,and how to run the same thing.

39. anonymous Tue, 28 Jul 2009 18:45

Great videos, its nice to see a programming intro that is short and to the point.

38. anonymous Fri, 24 Jul 2009 02:56

yeah ,may be good

37. anonymous Tue, 07 Jul 2009 05:48

your videos are very nice and quite useful for beginers. But there is a need for advance version of Perl to learn through video. I hope you will definately do in this direction too.

with thank


36. anonymous Wed, 17 Jun 2009 12:09

Nice presentation

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yah! Actually i also want to learn more . so but........ im not a perfect man and im here in first time to viisit here so how to i get to learn more.......

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Awesome. I would like to learn more. This is very effective

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Excellent work !!

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30. anonymous Sun, 19 Apr 2009 08:42


I normally program c# and java in gui mode. I wanted to learn perl on cygwin very quickly. This helped a lot! Thanks.

28. anonymous Wed, 08 Apr 2009 12:18

Excellent tutorial.. more of these should be great!

Nice explanation on how you comment these steps too.. fantastic!

27. anonymous Wed, 01 Apr 2009 03:41

Thanks for this perl tutorial

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Love this series, very helpful. Thank you!

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need to learn Perl

22. anonymous Mon, 23 Feb 2009 21:38

Thank u Very much, i like the way u teach.

21. anonymous Thu, 20 Nov 2008 20:40

Would it be possible if you can write perl scripts that submit a job like an oracle procedure that need to be run.

Thanks a lot. Great job!

Nice videos, very helpful! Thanks for making vidoes for Perl. Are you going to make to more videos on the Perl programming language?

18. anonymous Fri, 13 Jun 2008 09:36

i work on win xp .. with //cygwin//

sorry for the stupid question and for my english ...

BUT, When i hold "control" and "D" it will be nothing .. is it on Windows Difrent ? When yes .. what i must click or hold to Get THE result of pearl...

sorry my english, i hope someone can understand ..


I've been through several Perl tutorials lately. This is the first one that explained the Unix conventions (#! usr/bin/perl, etc.) in a way that made it clear why the practices became conventions. I'll never forget it now because I understand why! Many thanks.

Just a great video. Very useful .Thanks for sharing your knowledge whit us. And Please keep doing it ;)

Also and off topic, how to get that yellow highlighting mouse cursor? I'm using Gentoo.

15. anonymous Thu, 21 Feb 2008 12:06

You are better to use

perl -e "<line to execute>"

if you just want to execute a line from the command line

If you want to commands executed interactively , try

perl -de1

you will be dropped into the perl debugger and can happily execute commands line per line

Review of 'Hello World' with Perl


I am using Eclipse IDE for run perl scripts. Can u please add videos using that environment also. Many of them will b using it as they have integrated perl into Eclipse. Thanks.



13. anonymous Thu, 22 Nov 2007 11:41

Very useful for noobs like me ;)

12. anonymous Tue, 16 Oct 2007 21:34

Thanks for the video, it's better than my Operating Systems class.

11. anonymous Sat, 13 Oct 2007 20:40

Thanks for the video

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Thanks for the video...very helpful..

9. anonymous Thu, 27 Sep 2007 11:07

I really Enjoyed this thank you for taking the time to add these videos on perl.

I am a Linux Lover for 3 years, I came to know this site from google videos. Searching for perl video tutors and Ubuntu installation procedure from this site. Thanks to the Founders of this site and linux founder. Keep it up.

Very Good Site for all Linux lovers.

7. anonymous Sat, 04 Aug 2007 06:35

Nice lecture on PERL programming.

Very thankful to u.

Thanks for your videos!

They are realy usefull!

Could you please add videos for Perl/Tk programming?

Also, do you know any utility that can turn the perl scripts into stand-alone EXEs?


Hi Steven. I just wanted to say Thanks for you taking the effort to record this series :-)

I have barely dabbled with Perl in the past, I stick with Python (after 4 years I'm pretty proficient at solving problems in no time at all now). It is interesting seeing the differences in syntax between the two.

It is nice also that you show how to edit a file and how to set the eXecutable bit from the command many tips can only help beginners to get going quickly.



It may be good a idea to do a video showing how to install and properly configure cygwin for this purpose. Windows users may or may not know what is really needed if they have little or no Linux experience.

Very Good, I didn't know this site, but i really like it now. would be great if you make more videos about Perl, it's a very good way to learn...


Erik, thanks for your comment. While learning Perl I advise to use Cygwin instead of ActivePerl, first of all because Perl on Cygwin is much closer to the original than ActivePerl. And secondly because what I'll show in my videos will always work on Cygwin but not necessarily on ActiveState.

You could also install the ActiveState perl package if you are on a Windows machine. It should use less space than cygwin.

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