Meaning of PERL in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ /perl/ n. ]

[Practical Extraction and Report Language, a.k.a. Pathologically Eclectic Rubbish Lister] An interpreted language developed by Larry Wall ( <> , author of patch(1) and rn(1) ) and distributed over Usenet. Superficially resembles awk , but is much hairier, including many facilities reminiscent of sed(1) and shells and a comprehensive Unix system-call interface. Unix sysadmins, who are almost always incorrigible hackers, generally consider it one of the languages of choice , and it is by far the most widely used tool for making `live' web pages via CGI. Perl has been described, in a parody of a famous remark about lex(1) , as the "Swiss-Army chainsaw" of Unix programming. Though Perl is very useful, it would be a stretch to describe it as pretty or elegant ; people who like clean, spare design generally prefer Python . See also Camel Book , TMTOWTDI .

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