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 ...

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