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# 1  
Old 07-19-2010
Shell scripting vs Perl scripting

Hi all,

I would like to start developping some good scripting skills. Do you think it would be best to start with shell scripting or Perl? I already got a fundation, really basics, in perl. but I am wondering what would be best to be good at first.
Can you please help me determine which one to really focus on as a start?

Thanks,
# 2  
Old 07-19-2010
Shell or PERL

It depends upon your platform and long-term goals. Generally, because it is portable nearly everywhere, I would advise PERL. Longer term: BASH and/or KORN as well. There are things that PERL is not well suited to. It has greater power and is very versatile (and FAST), but anything that has to call or start other processes is better done in a shell. A mature SYSADM will be very comfortable with both shell and PERL coding.
# 3  
Old 07-20-2010
Thanks so much! I guess I will start with perl as I have to start somewhere.
# 4  
Old 07-26-2010
I sort of disagree...

I would start will bash, it is more basic then perl which will give you a good foundation it's much more limited then perl which will show you which things to use perl for...

Also, if you learn Perl first you will find that (as a sysadm) you will always want to do something system related, in which you run in some form a bash cmd.

With bash you generally don't have to use perl, 99.9999% of the time anyway.

But with Perl you will need bash probably 30% of the time.
# 5  
Old 08-26-2010
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Originally Posted by STOIE
I sort of disagree...

I would start will bash, it is more basic then perl which will give you a good foundation it's much more limited then perl which will show you which things to use perl for...

Also, if you learn Perl first you will find that (as a sysadm) you will always want to do something system related, in which you run in some form a bash cmd.

With bash you generally don't have to use perl, 99.9999% of the time anyway.

But with Perl you will need bash probably 30% of the time.
agreed
# 6  
Old 08-26-2010
STOIE is making a good point: what is the role in which you operate? It makes a difference which is recommended depending on whether you want to be a sysadmin or developer.
# 7  
Old 08-30-2010
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Originally Posted by figaro
STOIE is making a good point: what is the role in which you operate? It makes a difference which is recommended depending on whether you want to be a sysadmin or developer.
Yes, this is true...

What "level" do you want to dig into...?
If you wish to create CGI and things that are generally speaking not "SYSTEM" level, then maybe you will only need Perl and very basic BASH (you will always need BASH though..)

However, if you wish to dig into "SYSTEM" level stuff, which I imagine is the case being on unix.com and all, then definitely learn BASH and get that very firm before you even bother considering Perl.

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