I’ve really enjoyed Perl since I started using it in late 2016. I invite you to experiment with it yourself! For trying out packages from CPAN (Perl’s package archive) on your local system, I suggest:
- Install local::lib per https://metacpan.org/pod/local::lib#The-bootstrapping-technique
- Install cpanminus. If it’s not a system package on your distro, follow https://metacpan.org/pod/App::cpanminus#Installing-to-local-perl-(perlbrew,-plenv-etc.) .
cpanm App::cpm— cpm is faster than cpanminus 😀
- To install a module, say
cpm -gv Whatever::Module
Yes, this is more tedious than I would prefer! I’m sure there are shorter ways that are distro-specific, but the above should work just about anywhere.
Some sites that can help you learn:
- https://metacpan.org – index to CPAN
- https://www.learning-perl.com/ – blog by brian d foy, author of a number of learning-Perl books
- https://perldoc.perl.org/ – the official documentation.
- https://perldoc.perl.org/perlintro – the Perl tutorial