What is Perl

Perl (not to be confused with PEARL) is a powerful and adaptable programming language, developed by Larry Wall in 1987.

It is a general-purpose scripting language originally intended for text manipulation and simplifying report processing. However, it soon acquired other uses, including automating system administration, network programming, and even CGI programming on the web. Perl combines the best features of other programming languages, such as C, BASIC, sh, and more. Additionally, it is compatible with HTML, XML, and other mark-up languages.

Because of its flexibility and power, but also its ugliness, it has been referred to as “the Swiss Army chainsaw of scripting languages”.

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