interpreted programming language first released in 1987

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

Camelia, the logo for the Perl 6 project.
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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 - L edit

  • 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 - R edit

  • 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 - Z edit

  • 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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