What is Perl ? - Beginner's Introduction

Posted By: Achchuthan Yogarajah - February 10, 2014


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Perl is a programming language developed by Larry Wall, especially designed for text processing. It stands for Practical Extraction and Report Language. It runs on a variety of platforms, such as Windows, Mac OS, and the various versions of UNIX. If you have basic knowledge of C or UNIX Shell then PERL is very easy to learn. This tutorial gives a complete understanding on Perl

  • Perl is a stable, cross platform programming language. 
  • Perl stands for Practical Extraction and Report Language. 
  • It is used for mission critical projects in the public and private sectors.
  •  Perl is an Open Source software, licensed under its Artistic License, or the GNU General Public License (GPL). 
  •  Perl was created by Larry Wall.Perl 1.0 was released to usenet's alt.comp.sources in 1987 At the time of writing thi tutorial, latest version of perl is 5.16.2
  •  Perl is listed in the Oxford English Dictionary. 

Hello World Program

#this is a comment
#perl is case sensitives 
print "Hello World!";
This will produce following result:
Hello World!

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I’m passionate about Web Development and Programming and I go to extreme efforts to meet my passion. I’m a believer of learning the fundamentals first. I try to understand everything little bit more than the average.


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