To play with Perl, you first have to install it. Perl's installation is designed to be easy and error free. In fact, as part of the installation steps, Perl should do a self-test to make sure that it's okay. The installation procedures vary widely depending on what operating system you have. So, to get things moving, pick which operating system you have from the sections here, and follow along.
Stop! Wait! Maybe You Already Have Perl
Before you go through all the trouble to install Perl on your system, you should check to see whether you already have it. Some Unix vendors ship Perl with the operating system. Windows NT comes with Perl as part of the Windows NT Resource Kit (but that version is a bit old). To see whether you have ...