perl - The Perl 5 language interpreter
Perl officially stands for Practical Extraction and Report Language,
except when it doesn’t.
Perl was originally a language optimized for scanning arbitrary
text files, extracting information from those text files, and
printing reports based on that information. It quickly became a
good language for many system management tasks. Over the years,
Perl has grown into a general-purpose programming language. It’s
widely used for everything from quick “one-liners” to full-scale
Perl motto is “There’s more than one way to do it.” Divining
how many more is left as an exercise to the reader.
The three principal virtues of a programmer are Laziness, Impatience, and Hubris. See the Camel Book for why.
- Why does OpenBSD still include Perl in its base installation?
- perl(1) - OpenBSD manual pages
- perlintro(1) - OpenBSD manual pages, a brief introduction and overview of Perl
- Created by Larry Wall