I attended an introductory Perl course recently. I’ve always wanted to learn the language. It is a very powerful scripting tool with excellent regular expression support.
The training delivered by Daina Pettit from LearningTree was excellent. One nugget I got out of the class, that I think is worth half of the class cost, is this:
On command line, be it *nix or ActiveState on Windows, type:
perl -de 0
to open Perl debugger interactively. Perl will try to run any statement you type. It is a great way to learn.
-d launches the debugger. -e takes one line of program. When given 0, it will take whatever we type through the prompt.
Fellow SqlServerCentral author K. Brian Kelley wrote an excellent article on using Perl and Windows::ODBC module to manage Sql Server here. Brian is apparently a big fan of Perl.