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UNIX: The Complete Reference, Second Edition, 2nd Edition by Richard Rosinski, Douglas Host, Kenneth Rosen, Rachel Klee

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CHAPTER 22Perl

Perl is what is known as a scripting language or an interpreted language. It combines the best features of shell scripting, awk, and sed into one package. Perl is particularly well suited to processing and manipulating text, but can also be used for applications such as network and database programming. Partly because text manipulation is such a common task, Perl has become incredibly popular. It is particularly common for CGI scripting—in fact, the majority of CGI scripts are written in Perl.

Perl was first released in 1987 by Larry Wall. It is open source and can be downloaded for many platforms, including Linux, Solaris, HP-UX, AIX, Microsoft Windows, and Mac OS X. Another reason for the popularity of Perl is the ease with which ...

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