Randal Schwartz on Learning Perl
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: September 2010
Run time: 10 hours 44 minutes

Get a thorough introduction to Perl from Randal Schwartz, co-author of the bestselling book Learning Perl. This video tutorial shows you why Perl is the language for people who want to get work done -- from short fixes on the command line to web applications, bioinformatics, finance, and much more. With vivid descriptions and detailed examples peppered by his eclectic wit, Randal covers all of the important aspects of the language through version 5.10.

Learn what it takes to be a Perl programmer from one of the world's foremost authorities on the subject. Video topics include:

  • Perl data & variable types
  • Subroutines
  • File operations
  • Regular expressions
  • String manipulation
  • Lists & sorting
  • Process management
  • Smart matching
  • Using third party modules
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  • Informative (5)
  • Helpful examples (4)
  • Relevant (4)
  • Accurate (3)

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    5.0

    Perfect Book Companion

    By Mike the Student

    from Erie, PA

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    Pros

    • Deserves Multiple Readings
    • Easy To Understand
    • Informative
    • Inspirational
    • Relevant
    • Well Written

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Gift
      • Older Readers
      • Reference

      Comments about O'Reilly Media Randal Schwartz on Learning Perl:

      These video lectures are the perfect companion for the corresponding books (both Learning Perl and the Student Workbook). I felt like I was able to take a complete course and got a solid handle on beginning Perl. Mr Schwartz clearly knows the subject well and does a solid job of explaining and answering questions.

      One reviewer noted that they had trouble following the slides and lectures since the slides weren't always visible. Perhaps that was a problem back on 2012, but now the slides come along with the videos so you can have them side by side.

       
      4.0

      Perl from the ground up

      By Przemysław

      from Kraków

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      Pros

      • Easy To Understand
      • Informative
      • Relevant
      • Well Written

      Cons

      • Too Few Examples

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        Comments about O'Reilly Media Randal Schwartz on Learning Perl:

        Learning Perl Video is almost 11 hours long lectures covering Perl from the ground up. Randal Schwartz presents concepts and quirks in Perl step by step. Videos are nicely divided by topics. Every video is shorter than 1 hours, so it's optimal to pay attention to presented material and take break between videos.

        Randal presents material clearly, tells some anecdotes but there are not too many examples. Hands-on experience seems to me vital when learning programming language and I checked many code snippets when I watched those lectures.

         
        5.0

        Excellent Complement to the Book

        By pmccartney

        from Houston, TX

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        • Easy To Understand
        • Informative
        • Inspirational
        • Relevant

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          • Reference

          Comments about O'Reilly Media Randal Schwartz on Learning Perl:

          Randal Schwartz knows Perl, plain and simple. The books that he's authored and co-authored prove that. With these "Learning Perl" videos, you get to hear, in his own words, how things work within the Perl programming language.

          The best part about these videos, is that you have the ability to go back and review things that you may have missed the first time around.

          All I can say is, I am thoroughly pleased in making this investment, simply because the combination of the book and the videos have helped me better understand many aspects of Perl I otherwise would have been frustrated with.

          Granted, this is not something that you can sit down and watch in a day and be done with. This is a (watch a video, read the same chapter in the book, and then do the exercises) type of learning. And, if you are stuck on something, a little extra information digging may be required on your behalf. I would also recommend the "Student Workbook for Learning Perl" to provide you with additional exercises.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Leaves a little to be desired

          By CP

          from North Salt Lake, Utah

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          Pros

          • Informative
          • Relevant

          Cons

          • Difficult To Follow

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            Comments about O'Reilly Media Randal Schwartz on Learning Perl:

            I find the topic to be spot on, my problem with the video is that the slides are not on screen except for little blips here and there. I find that when trying to follow the lecture, and the occasional times the slides are on screen, I don't know what part of the slide he is talking about. I have to rewind, and pause frequently to "catch up".

            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Best.Video course.Ever.

            By Ziltoid the Omniscient

            from Mumbai,India

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            Pros

            • Comprehensive
            • Easy To Understand
            • Informative

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Reference
              • Student
              • Younger Readers

              Comments about O'Reilly Media Randal Schwartz on Learning Perl:

              When I decide to start studying a certain programming language, I usually check amazon reviews and forum posts for a good book. With Perl , there was one name that appeared everywhere, Randal Schwartz. Learning Perl by Schwartz, phoenix and brian d foy was THE book to learn perl according to the majority of programmers. I bought the book(5th edition) and absolutely loved it. When I was almost done with the book, I saw that O'reilly had a video course available. Video courses are always an awesome compliment to a great book. This course exceeded every programming course that I have done(on video).

              This is a near perfect video course. I absolutely love the stories Randal has and his way of presenting material. I advise anyone who wants to learn perl to get this course and his book because there is no simpler and fun way to go about it. Randal understands his audience well. He knows what a beginner will find difficult and he spends a considerable amount of time on confusing aspects of the language. PERL is not like any other language in my opinion. I really like how he explained and introduced Regular Expressions. Regex is something every programmer should know. I agree with the other reviewer who said the slides are a little difficult to read in some parts. Barring this, Learning Perl is an excellent video course and I would recommend this to any budding Perl programmer.

              I can only hope that Randal Schwartz and O'reilly are working on videos for advanced programming in Perl. I look forward to them. If you are considering this course , please buy the author's book as well. Here are links to the course and the book.

              Video Course : http://oreilly.com/catalog/0636920014430/

              Book (5th edition available at the time of the course) : http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596520113

              Book (6th edition june 2011) : http://oreilly.com/catalog/0636920018452

              I received this as part of the blogger review program.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              excellent overview of perl

              By david karapetyan

              from Burbank, CA

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              • Accurate
              • Concise
              • Easy to understand
              • Helpful examples

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                Comments about O'Reilly Media Randal Schwartz on Learning Perl:

                The video tutorials by Randal Schwartz provide a pretty good overview of the perl language but the lack of exercises prevent it from being anything other than a simple overview.

                Randal Schwartz does an excellent job providing snippets of perl code to demonstrate aspects of perl and he has a good sense about which aspects will trip up the beginning perl programmer and so he explains those aspects more in depth. I think perl is known for a lot of its magic and weird implicit rules for operators, e.g. things like $_ and @_ meaning different things in different contexts, but Schwartz presents those aspects in small chunks and with lots of example code so the viewer doesn't get overwhelmed. Initially I was a little shocked by how perl subroutines and loops handle various variables because all the languages I know are very explicit about variables and arguments and how they are passed around but after a while I started to see the benefits of contextual variables and implicit operator rules.

                I enjoyed the videos because Schwartz does a pretty good job and gives a nice overview of the language but I would have liked to have been presented with some exercises to try out on my own after each video lecture.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Learn from one of the best

                By Matt

                from Ammon, ID

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                • Easy to understand
                • Helpful examples

                Cons

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                  • Novice
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                  Comments about O'Reilly Media Randal Schwartz on Learning Perl:

                  The course material was current and easy to follow. While the material was very good, I found that what I most enjoyed were the occasional side stories from this core member of the Perl community. These insights gave me a better feel for the current state of the Perl community and culture than I have been able to glean from web pages or technical books.

                  The only drawback to this video format for me was that in the presentation, the slides are not always visible on the screen when the speaker is referring to them. On more than one occasion I found myself rewinding the video trying to get back to the slide containing source code that was being dissected in order to understand what was being said. It would have been very helpful to have a copy of the slides or corresponding source code while watching the video.

                  Overall this is a worthwhile introduction to Perl that provides an excellent starting point for beginners who prefer classroom style instruction to just reading a text book.

                  Note:
                  In the interest of full disclosure, I received a free copy of this video in exchange for writing a review.

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Video for Learning Perl

                  By surachart

                  from Bangkok, Thailand

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                    Comments about O'Reilly Media Randal Schwartz on Learning Perl:

                    This video is useful who interest to be Perl programmer and take to be a Perl programmer. We will learn many ideas(techniques) about Perl on each of topics.

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Randal the Great

                    By Chanio

                    from Buenos Aires, Argentina

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                    Pros

                    • Accurate
                    • Helpful examples
                    • Well-written

                    Cons

                    • Excessive

                    Best Uses

                    • Expert
                    • Intermediate

                    Comments about O'Reilly Media Randal Schwartz on Learning Perl:

                    This guy is an excellent programmer in a lot of languages. And he is now one of the biggest perl evangelists. So much so, that future generations might mistakenly remember him as the creator of perl.

                    I am planing to watch the 10 hours videos and enjoy them. It is the best way of refreshing my perl lessons. His books are awesome, so if you enjoy the videos, do not miss the chance of expanding your knowledge by purchasing one of his book.

                    Thank you, Randal!

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