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Perl by Example, Fourth Edition by Ellie Quigley

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Chapter 1. The Practical Extraction and Report Language

The Practical Extraction and Report Language

What Is Perl?

 

“Laziness, impatience, and hubris. Great Perl programmers embrace those virtues.”

 
 --Larry Wall

Perl is an all-purpose, open source (free software) interpreted language maintained and enhanced by a core development team called the Perl Porters. It is used primarily as a scripting language and runs on a number of platforms. Although inititally designed for the UNIX operating system, Perl is renowned for its portability and now comes bundled with most operating systems, including RedHat Linux, Solaris, FreeBSD, Macintosh, and more. Due to its versatility, Perl is often referred to ...

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