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Perl is usually thought to be a backronym for Practical Extraction and Reporting Language. It was created by Larry Wall in 1987 in an attempt to make report processing faster and less complicated. One of the most well loved features of this language is the ease it provides to the users when it comes to manipulation and editing of text files. This flexibility makes it a popular choice with users.

Another element that sets Perl apart is how powerful and versatile it is. It is commonly used in graphics programming, system administration, CGI, bioinformatics, network programming, etc. It also plays an essential role as “the duct tape that holds the internet together”.

Perl Features

Meant to be practical, complete, user friendly, efficient option for users, this language gets a lot of bad rep as being ugly or just not classy enough. Regardless of that, serious programmers know that Perl handles multiple programming paradigms better than most “pretty” alternatives. Basically, procedural in nature, this language is closely associated with C, in that it employs variables, assignment statements, control structures and expressions etc. The point behind the creation of Perl was to make work easier for the programmer rather than to maximize on the machinery i.e. the computer. What this means is that with Perl, even a simple system will yield great results in the hands of a skilled user. The features that make this possible consist of: dynamic typing, automatic memory management, usage of lists, hashes and strings and most important is a “no built in limits” model.

Perl Web Applications

Perl is the most popular option today used in writing Web based applications. It is also a key elemental part of the LAMP solution stack. Some examples of the sites that use Perl include: Amazon.com, bbc.co.uk, Craigslist, IMDb, Ticketmaster and Priceline.com, and of cource howto.gd, which are high traffic websites.

Perl Today

The latest and newest version of Perl is 5.15.8, which was released on February 20th, 2012. This language has seen development since its inception back in 1987, with newer and improved versions coming out after every few years or so, Larry Wall still oversees the process to this day.

The theory is basically getting the job done. This is why the creators and managers of the system are constantly striving for even more flexibility, but more importantly, the strength to manage that freedom.
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