Robert's Perl Tutorial

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What is Perl?

Perl is a programming language. Perl stands for Practical Report and Extraction Language. You'll notice people refer to 'perl' and "Perl". "Perl" is the programming language as a whole whereas 'perl' is the name of the core executable. There is no language called "Perl5" -- that just means "Perl version 5". Versions of Perl prior to 5 are very old and very unsupported.

Some of Perl's many strengths are: