Perl

Practical Extraction and Report Language. Perl was originally developed by Larry Wall in 1987 as a report processing language. It shares many ideas and features with other classic languages including C, AWK, and SED, but is not as limited in terms of the data sets it can work with. Perl enjoyed a brief period of fame when it became very popular as a web scripting language in the 90’s but this was soon overshadowed by the development of PHP which became more tightly integrated with web server technologies. Larry is a lovable, off the wall kind of guy – read his page http://www.wall.org/~larry/pm.html

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