Perl is a family of high-level, general-purpose, interpreted, dynamic programming languages, originally developed by Larry Wall in 1987 as a general-purpose Unix scripting language to make report processing easier
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- Perl is the most popular web programming language. Over a million people program with Perl. That is approximately one Perl programmer for every resident of Hyderabad, Pakistan or Donetsk, Ukraine.
- John P. Flynt (2006) Perl Power!: The Comprehensive Guide. p. 7
G - LEdit
- Perl is the most popular language for creating CGI programs. Perl is the acronym for Practical Extraction and Report Language. Every computer platform supports this language and hence widely used.
- K. L. James (2004) The Internet: A User's Guide. p. 192
- Perl is the ultimate language for text manipulation, and it has powerful tools for manipulation of lists and other data structures.
- James M. Kretchmar (2004) Open Source Network Administration. p. 215
- And what defines a 'python activist' anyway? Blowing up Perl installations worldwide?
- Ivan Van Laningham, June 2005, on comp. lang. python
M - REdit
- Last night, I drifted off while reading a Lisp book. Suddenly, I was bathed in a suffusion of blue.
At once, just like they said, I felt a great enlightenment. I saw the naked structure of Lisp code unfold before me.
(My god. It's full of "car"s.)
The patterns and metapatterns danced. Syntax faded, and I swam in the purity of quantified conception. Of ideas manifest.
Truly, this was the language from which the Gods wrought the universe!
[God replies:] "No, it's not. [...] I mean, ostensibly, yes. Honestly, we hacked most of it together with Perl."
- Randall Munroe, XKCD 224
- Some said the world should be in Perl,
Some said in Lisp.
Now, having given both a whirl,
I held with those who favored Perl.
But I fear we passed to men
A disappointing founding myth.
And should we write it all again,
I'd end it with
- As it seems to me, in Perl you have to be an expert to correctly make a nested data structure like, say, a list of hashes of instances. In Python, you have to be an idiot not to be able to do it, because you just write it down.
- Peter Norvig, August 2000, on comp.lang.functional
- Those days are dead and gone and the eulogy was delivered by Perl.
- There's no obfuscated Perl contest because it's pointless.
- Jeff Polk quoted in Donn Seeley (2004) "How Not to Write Fortran in Any Language." Queue. Dec/Jan 2004-05. p. 58
S - ZEdit
- Haskell is faster than C++, more concise than Perl, more regular than Python, more flexible than Ruby, more typeful than C#, more robust than Java, and has absolutely nothing in common with PHP.
- If you can't do bioinformatics, you can't do biology, and Perl is the biologist's favorite language for doing bioinformatics,
- James Tisdall (2010) Mastering Perl for Bioinformatics
- Although the Perl Slogan is There's More Than One Way to Do It, I hesitate to make 10 ways to do something.
- A Perl script is "correct" if it gets the job done before your boss fires you.
- The camel has evolved to be relatively self-sufficient. (On the other hand, the camel has not evolved to smell good. Neither has Perl.)
- [Boxed] Multiple bouncing balls in a box are a metaphor for community. Notice how the escaping balls explode. This is what happens to people who move from Perl to Ruby.
- Doing linear scans over an associative array is like trying to club someone to death with a loaded Uzi.
- Larry Wall, cited in Tom Christiansen and Nathan Torkington (2004) Perl Cookbook second edition p. 150