Perl 5

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Our mentors are friendly, experienced Perl 5 developers who will help teach you new techniques and tricks.
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Track exercises

64 Exercises

Hundreds of hours have gone into making these exercises fun, useful, and challenging to help you enjoy learning.

About Perl 5

package HelloWorld;
use strict;
use warnings;

sub hello {
  return 'Hello, World!';
}

1;

Perl v5 is a high-level general purpose programming language invented by Larry Wall and first released in 1987. It is an eclectic interpreted, procedural, loosely typed language. Its popularity peaked with the rise of the World Wide Web, though it remains widely used in Quality Assurance, IT infrastructure automation, text processing, bioinformatics and web application development, just to name a few areas. It is highly flexible, but this flexibility can have a follow-on maintenance cost.

Perl also has:

  • minimal built-in object support, but interesting 3rd party OO
  • first class functions
  • closures
  • a powerful built-in regular expression engine
  • the Comprehensive Perl Archive Network (CPAN), a massive library of user-contributed modules

Every well-known Unix and Unix-style operating system ships with Perl included.

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A tremendous learning opportunity to explore the depth of your own knowledge

Exercism is fantastic in learning new languages but that is not the extent of it. If you are a "more experienced" programmer you may have encountered impostor syndrome: the idea you don't really know what you think you know. Exercism lets you solve problems and put them in the space of open feedback which is a tremendous learning opportunity to explore the depth of your own knowledge. Even if you have been programming in a language for awhile it is worth checking into Exercism to see where you stand with current implementation practices.

Relaxed. Encouraging. Supportive.

Meet the Perl 5 Track mentors

Once you join the Perl 5 language track, you will receive support and feedback from our team of mentors. Here are the bios of a few of the mentors of this track.

Avatar of Victor Goff

Victor Goff https://github.com/kotp

Find me mentoring in person or online. Everyone starts somewhere! Contact me to pair program!
Avatar of Zak B. Elep

Zak B. Elep https://github.com/zakame

I've written Perl 5 for quite a while now at various $WORK, and worked on quite a few FOSS projects with it as well. I'd love to help other people on learning Perl 5, as well as learn from them along the way.
Avatar of Joe McMahon

Joe McMahon https://github.com/joemcmahon

I've written Perl5 since Perl 5.6, and authored the internal comments for the Perl debugger.
Avatar of mienaikage

mienaikage https://github.com/mienaikage

A developer who first learned Perl 5 in a trial by fire, and then went on to build a programming career from it.
Avatar of Andrew Grangaard

Andrew Grangaard https://github.com/spazm

My first professional programming was using perl, and I'm still going! Host of LA Perl Meetup. Also user of python, shell, C, ruby, haskell, rust, go, ...
Avatar of Yanick Champoux

Yanick Champoux personal tech blog

Perl necrohacker. Avid polyglot. Slightly bonkers all around.
Fun. Challenging. Interesting

Community-sourced Perl 5 exercises

These are a few of the 64 exercises on the Perl 5 track. You can see all the exercises here.

Grade School
easy
misc
Palindrome Products
easy
math
Food Chain
easy
misc
Queen Attack
easy
misc
Prime Factors
easy
math
List Ops
easy
misc

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