Chapter 26. Perl: An Introduction
Practical Extraction and Reporting Language
Practical Extraction and Reporting Language (Perl) is one of the most versatile programming languages. It is used for a variety of reasons including the following: UNIX and Windows system administration scripts, Common Gateway Interface (CGI), database access, file processing, and many others.
Perl possesses some of the best features of shell programming: sed and awk. In addition, Perl scripts are usually faster than shell programs and more portable.
Perl runs on a variety of platforms including all UNIX variants, Linux (the platform on which the examples in this chapter were run), Macintosh, Windows, and many others. I have been running Perl on my Windows-based notebook ...