Hour 1. Getting Started with Perl

What You'll Learn in This Hour

  • Installing Perl

  • Accessing Perl's internal documentation

  • Writing your first Perl script

Perl is a general-purpose programming language. It can be used for anything that any other programming language can be used for. It has been used in every industry imaginable for almost any task you can think of. It's used on the stock market; in manufacturing, design, bioinformatics, customer support, quality control, systems programming, payroll, and inventory; and, of course, on the Web.

Perl is used in so many places because Perl is a glue language. A glue language is used to bind things together. You probably wouldn't want to write a word processor in Perl—although you could—because good word ...

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