Practical Extraction Reporting Language or Pathologically Eclectic Rubbish Lister. Read PerlIntro for a quick overview of the basic syntax, data structures, and so on.
Perl is an extremely versatile language. Perl can be used to write CGI scripts, simple administration scripts, or highly advanced graphical applications. Perl runs on almost every operating system, include virtually every flavor of UNIX as well as Microsoft Windows and MacOS. The Comprehensive Perl Archive Network (CPAN) allows Perl programmers to easily share code with other programmers through the interface at search.cpan.org.
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