Perl is a family of high-level, general-purpose, interpreted, dynamic programming languages, originally developed by Larry Wall in 1987 as a general-purpose Unix scripting language to make report processing easier
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- Perl is the most popular web programming language. Over a million people program with Perl. That is approximately one Perl programmer for every resident of Hyderabad, Pakistan or Donetsk, Ukraine.
- John P. Flynt (2006) Perl Power!: The Comprehensive Guide. p. 7
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- Perl is the most popular language for creating CGI programs. Perl is the acronym for Practical Extraction and Report Language. Every computer platform supports this language and hence widely used.
- K. L. James (2004) The Internet: A User's Guide. p. 192
- Perl is the ultimate language for text manipulation, and it has powerful tools for manipulation of lists and other data structures.
- James M. Kretchmar (2004) Open Source Network Administration. p. 215
- And what defines a 'python activist' anyway? Blowing up Perl installations worldwide?
- Ivan Van Laningham, June 2005, on comp. lang. python
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- Everyone has an individual background. Someone may come from Python, someone else may come from Perl, and they may be surprised by different aspects of the language. Then they come up to me and say, 'I was surprised by this feature of the language, so Ruby violates the principle of least surprise.' Wait. Wait. The principle of least surprise is not for you only. The principle of least surprise means principle of least my surprise. And it means the principle of least surprise after you learn Ruby very well. For example, I was a C++ programmer before I started designing Ruby. I programmed in C++ exclusively for two or three years. And after two years of C++ programming, it still surprises me.
- Yukihiro Matsumoto (2003) "The Philosophy of Ruby, A Conversation with Yukihiro Matsumoto, Part I" by Bill Venners on 2003-09-29 (Artima Developer
- Last night, I drifted off while reading a Lisp book. Suddenly, I was bathed in a suffusion of blue.
At once, just like they said, I felt a great enlightenment. I saw the naked structure of Lisp code unfold before me.
(My god. It's full of "car"s.)
The patterns and metapatterns danced. Syntax faded, and I swam in the purity of quantified conception. Of ideas manifest.
Truly, this was the language from which the Gods wrought the universe!
[God replies:] "No, it's not. [...] I mean, ostensibly, yes. Honestly, we hacked most of it together with Perl."
- Randall Munroe, XKCD 224
- Some said the world should be in Perl,
Some said in Lisp.
Now, having given both a whirl,
I held with those who favored Perl.
But I fear we passed to men
A disappointing founding myth.
And should we write it all again,
I'd end it with
- As it seems to me, in Perl you have to be an expert to correctly make a nested data structure like, say, a list of hashes of instances. In Python, you have to be an idiot not to be able to do it, because you just write it down.
- Peter Norvig, August 2000, on comp.lang.functional
- Those days are dead and gone and the eulogy was delivered by Perl.
- There's no obfuscated Perl contest because it's pointless.
- Jeff Polk quoted in Donn Seeley (2004) "How Not to Write Fortran in Any Language." Queue. Dec/Jan 2004-05. p. 58
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- Haskell is faster than C++, more concise than Perl, more regular than Python, more flexible than Ruby, more typeful than C#, more robust than Java, and has absolutely nothing in common with PHP.
- If you can't do bioinformatics, you can't do biology, and Perl is the biologist's favorite language for doing bioinformatics,
- James Tisdall (2010) Mastering Perl for Bioinformatics
- Although the Perl Slogan is There's More Than One Way to Do It, I hesitate to make 10 ways to do something.
- A Perl script is "correct" if it gets the job done before your boss fires you.
- The camel has evolved to be relatively self-sufficient. (On the other hand, the camel has not evolved to smell good. Neither has Perl.)
- [Boxed] Multiple bouncing balls in a box are a metaphor for community. Notice how the escaping balls explode. This is what happens to people who move from Perl to Ruby.
- Doing linear scans over an associative array is like trying to club someone to death with a loaded Uzi.
- Larry Wall, cited in Tom Christiansen and Nathan Torkington (2004) Perl Cookbook second edition p. 150
- Perl is designed to give you several ways to do anything, so consider picking the most readable one.