This Is An Intro To Perl...
What is Perl?
Perl is the brainchild of Larry Wall. He continues to develop
and maintain the language, which, through the help of the
net.community, is available on virtually every computer
platform, from Apple Macintosh to VMS.
Perl is an acronym for "Practical Extraction and Report
Language", although you'll sometimes hear it referred to
as the "Pathologically Eclectic Rubbish Lister." It
started out as a scripting language to supplement rn, the
ubiquitous USENET reader, which Wall also wrote. (Most people
could only dream of writing a program that is installed on
every UNIX box on the planet - Larry has two.)
It is an interpreted language that is optimized for string
manipulation, I/O, and system tasks. It has builtins for
almost everything that's in section 2 of the UNIX manuals,
which makes it very popular with system administrators. It
incorporates syntax elements from the Bourne shell, csh, awk,
sed, grep, and C.
Perl has gained recent attention in the explosion of the World
Wide Web as a quick and effective way to mock up applications
that provide much of the web's interactivity. It has a lot of
syntax that can make scripts contain more characters from the
top row of the keyboard than any other, but that is not
necessary to get anything done. In fact, there are few of the
traditional limitations that interpreted languages impose.