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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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A - FEdit

  • 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

  • Everyone has an individual background. Someone may come from Python, someone else may come from Perl, and they may be surprised by different aspects of the language. Then they come up to me and say, 'I was surprised by this feature of the language, so Ruby violates the principle of least surprise.' Wait. Wait. The principle of least surprise is not for you only. The principle of least surprise means principle of least my surprise. And it means the principle of least surprise after you learn Ruby very well. For example, I was a C++ programmer before I started designing Ruby. I programmed in C++ exclusively for two or three years. And after two years of C++ programming, it still surprises me.
  • 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."
  • 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
    A close-paren.
  • 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.
  • Those days are dead and gone and the eulogy was delivered by Perl.

S - ZEdit

  • 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
  • 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.)
  • 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
  • Perl is designed to give you several ways to do anything, so consider picking the most readable one.

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