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Perl

Perl

Perl (Practical Extraction and Report Language) is a stable, cross platform dynamic programming language. It was created by Larry Wall, with its first release in 1987.

Structurally, Perl is based on the brace-delimited block style of AWK and C, and was widely adopted for its strengths in text processing and lack of the arbitrary limitations of many scripting languages at the time.

The language is intended to be practical (easy to use, efficient, complete) rather than beautiful (tiny, elegant, minimal). Its major features include support for multiple programming paradigms (procedural, object-oriented, and functional styles), automatic memory management, built-in support for text processing, and a large collection of third-party modules.

Perl 5.10.0

Price
Free to download

Size
14.9MB
License

GNU General Public License

Developer
Larry Wall

Website
www.perl.org

System Requirements

Support Sites:
Perl FAQ, The Perl Apprenticeship Site

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Key features include:

  • Integrates the best features from other languages
  • Perl's database integration interface (DBI) supports third-party databases including Oracle, Sybase, Postgres, MySQL and others
  • Works with HTML, XML, and other mark-up languages
  • Supports both procedural and object-oriented programming
  • Perl interfaces with external C/C++ libraries through XS or SWIG.
  • Perl is extensible. There is a huge collection of third party modules available from the Comprehensive Perl Archive Network (CPAN), covering many purposes including science, system administration, database access, networking etc..
  • The Perl interpreter can be embedded into other systems
  • Supports Unicode
  • Handles encrypted Web data, including e-commerce transactions
  • Can be embedded into web servers to speed up processing
  • mod_perl allows the Apache web server to embed a Perl interpreter. It is a way to create dynamic content by utilizing the full power of the Apache web server to create stateful sessions, customized user authentication systems, smart proxies and much more
  • Perl's DBI package makes web-database integration easy

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