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       What is Perl?  Perl

       Perl Larry Wall C sedawkUNIX shell Perl process WWW  Perl Perl CGI Perl


       Perl Internet Larry WallPerl Perl perl README

        Perl Porters
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        GNU PerlGNU Perl PerlPerl GNU

        Perl Perl

       Which version of Perl should I use?  Perl

        (4.036) 1992Perl5.8.2 ( 5.005_03  5.6.2 )  Perl 5.004  buffer

       perl4  perl5

       perl4  perl5  Perlperl5 5(.004) Perlperl5perl51994 10  perl41991 3
       perl11988 1perl21988 6  perl31989 10

       5.0  perltrap  "Perl4 to Perl5 Traps" .

       perl5perl5perl perl

        perlhist  Perl

       What is Ponie?  Ponie

       At The O'Reilly Open Source Software Convention in 2003, Artur Bergman,
       Fotango, and The Perl Foundation announced a project to run perl5 on
       the Parrot virtual machine named Ponie. Ponie stands for Perl On New
       Internal Engine.  The Perl 5.10 language implementation will be used
       for Ponie, and there will be no language level differences between
       perl5 and ponie.  Ponie is not a complete rewrite of perl5.

       For more details, see

       What is perl6?

       At The Second O'Reilly Open Source Software Convention, Larry Wall
       announced Perl6 development would begin in earnest. Perl6 was an oft
       used term for Chip Salzenberg's project to rewrite Perl in C++ named
       Topaz. However, Topaz provided valuable insights to the next version of
       Perl and its implementation, but was ultimately abandoned.

       If you want to learn more about Perl6, or have a desire to help in the
       crusade to make Perl a better place then peruse the Perl6 developers
       page at and get involved.

       Perl6 is not scheduled for release yet, and Perl5 will still be
       supported for quite awhile after its release. Do not wait for Perl6 to
       do whatever you need to do.

       "We're really serious about reinventing everything that needs
       reinventing."  --Larry Wall



       Larry  Perl  perl4 scripts perl5  perl bugs


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        Perl PerlTMTOWTDI; There's More Than One Way To Do It, time todayPerl


        Perl UNIX regular expressions Perl Perl FAQ  CPAN

       How does Perl compare with other languages like Java, Python, REXX,
       Scheme, or Tcl?



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        API C C++ Perl  Perl  C C++Perl perlembed.

         Perl prolog  matlab


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       Perl drivers Perl  Perl

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        ASCII :-) LarryPerlperl perl Perlawk  perlPython  Perlawk  PerlPython

       Perl program script

       " script  program "

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        program  script  program

       Perl  ( Perl )  C

        script  scripting  " non serious"  "".   Perl


        ``just another perl hacker'' Randal Schwartz

        Larry Wall  (witticisms)

        Larry posts

        5/5.8.3  Perl

        Perl Perl

        PerlPerl Perl Unix  FAQ post

        perl Perl perlperl5 Perl awk  C++ 2003  12  5.8.2 5.6.2 (November 2003
       ;  perl 5.6  5.6.1 April 2001)  5.005_03 (March 1999 ),  5.004_05

       Of particular note is the massive bug hunt for buffer overflow problems
       that went into the 5.004 release.  All releases prior to that,
       including perl4, are considered insecure and should be upgraded as soon
       as possible.

       In August 2000 in all Linux distributions a new security problem was
       found in the optional 'suidperl' (not built or installed by default) in
       all the Perl branches 5.6, 5.005, and 5.004, see Perl maintenance releases
       5.6.1 and 5.8.0 have this security hole closed.  Most, if not all,
       Linux distribution have patches for this vulnerability available, see , but the most recommendable
       way is to upgrade to at least Perl 5.6.1.


       Copyright (c) 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 Tom Christiansen and Nathan
       Torkington.  All rights reserved.

       This documentation is free; you can redistribute it and/or modify it
       under the same terms as Perl itself.

       Irrespective of its distribution, all code examples here are in the
       public domain.  You are permitted and encouraged to use this code and
       any derivatives thereof in your own programs for fun or for profit as
       you see fit.  A simple comment in the code giving credit to the FAQ
       would be courteous but is not required.