Perl is a high-level, dynamic, general-purpose programming language. The current major version is Perl 5, with the following up-to-date releases:

  • perl-5.8.9 - stable version
  • perl-5.10.0 - experimental stable.

Perl has many modules and extensions available on CPAN - The Comperhensive Perl Archive Network.

Perl has proven popular for web development (which is the topic of this wiki) as well as for many other tasks, including Bio-Informatics, GUI programming, system adminstration, text processing, prototyping, etc.

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