What's Perl All About, Anyway?

To get a sense of the culture of Perl, how it works, and what resources are available to you, it's necessary to learn what makes Perl tick.

A Brief History of Perl

In 1988, the Internet was a different place. First, it was a lot smaller and looked much different than it does today. The Internet, at the time, had roughly 60,000 machines on it. Today there are hundreds of millions.

At the time, the World Wide Web didn't exist. It wouldn't be conceived until 1991 at CERN in Europe, and the first graphical browser, Mosaic, wouldn't be invented until 1993.

Most of the traffic on the Internet was textual. Usenet news provided a messaging system so that interest groups could keep in touch. Email strongly resembled what ...

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