What is Perl?
Perl is an interpreted high-level programming language developed by
Larry Wall. According to Larry, he included in Perl all the cool features
found in other languages and left out those features that weren't so cool.
Perl has become the premier scripting language of the Web, as most CGI
programs are written in Perl. However, Perl is widely used as a rapid
prototyping language and a "glue" language that makes it possible for
different systems to work well together. Perl is popular with system
administrators who use it for an infinite number of automation tasks.
Perl's roots are in UNIX but you will find Perl on a wide range of
computing platforms. Because Perl is an interpreted language, Perl
programs are highly portable across systems.
Finally, Perl is more than a programming language. It is a part of the
Internet culture. It is a very creative way of thinking about almost
If you're technical, start with the documentation to learn
more about perl and how to write Perl programs. If you want to get a sense
of Perl, start with any of Larry's talks, such as Perl, the first postmodern