Perl 2: Intermediate Perl. This is the second course in the upcoming Perl Programming Certificate Series, and until 9/30 you can enroll at 50% off normal tuition.

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New O’Reilly School of Technology Course! “Perl 2: Intermediate Perl” by Peter Scott

The O’Reilly School of Technology is excited to announce the release of Perl 2: Intermediate Perl. This is the second course in the upcoming Perl Programming Certificate Series.

Check out the below video of me introducing our Perl author, Peter Scott:

  • Tony

    How long will this offer (50% off Perl 2) be available? When is Perl 3 and 4 due out?


  • Trish Gray

    Hi Tony,

    The 50% offer will be good at least through the end of the month (September 30th). Perl 3 will be out in November, and Perl 4 will come out in the beginning of 2011.


  • Zeshan


    There are questions the video promo leaves unanswered. Hope I am not being rude.

    “I had a lot of things that needed to be done with that kind of a language that needed to be done” What were these things?

    “there is not enough expertise out there in perl” expand on that please.

    “there are a lot of complex frameworks out their like catalyst” What other frameworks are there, what are they used for and why are they in demand?

    “Always tie it back to what is the application is in the market place” The video doesn’t explain what the application is in the market place.

  • JB

    Is there significant overlap between these two introductory Perl courses and the following course?

    Linux/Unix 4: Scripting for Administrators Sed, Awk, and Perl

  • Trish Gray

    Hi Zeshan and JB,

    Sorry for the delay in responding — I talked to Peter, and he gave the following answers.

    For Zeshan:
    I’ve done a lot of enterprise infrastructure “glue” type work where it was necessary to move data from one application to another and to build user interfaces for connecting people with those applications (examples: LDAP directories, relational databases). Perl is perfect for that.

    Employers looking for Perl expertise at the moment have a hard time finding qualified people. There aren’t enough Perl experts to meet the demand.

    Frameworks like Catalyst include Jifty and PSGI in Perl. In other languages, there are Django for Python and Rails for Ruby.

    The last quote is talking about a key driver for the OST Perl series, that we focus on providing skills that are of immediate practical use for job seekers, rather than trying to teach theory aimed at computer science students. I’ll expand on that and the other answers in a video response shortly!

    For JB:
    The course you refer to is designed for system administrators, whose primary functions are concerned with configuring and maintaining machines used by others. That course covers much of the same material as this one, but in shallower detail, so that system adminstrators pick up just enough fluency in Perl to be able to make or change simple programs for system monitoring or configuration.

    This course is aimed at the developer who is going to be creating applications. While one possible area of those applications is system administration, there are many other possibilities, and so we cover Perl in much greater depth with more explanation and more exercises, focussing on proper use of best practices at all times.

    Bottom line: The other course creates system administrators. This course creates Perl programmers.

    Please let me know if you have any further questions!