Hour 1. Getting Started with Perl
What You'll Learn in This Hour
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 ...