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First Version of Perl Programming Language Released (1987)

Perl is a high-level computer programming language written by Larry Wall that combines syntax from several Unix utilities and languages. Introduced in 1987, Perl is designed to handle a variety of system administrator functions and provides comprehensive string handling functions. Its use has grown significantly since its adoption as the language of choice of many Web developers, and Perl is now one of the most popular languages for writing CGI scripts. How did the language get its name? More...
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The language wasn't originally called Perl. Larry, his coworkers, friends, and family considered just about every three- and four-letter word in existence. One of the earliest names was "Gloria" (his wife's name), but this was replaced due to the confusion it caused in his household. The name became "Pearl," which was changed into the present day "Perl," partly due to the existence of a graphics language called "pearl," but mostly because five letters was a bit much to type all the time. You'll find a reference to the former five-letter version in the entry for the acronym Practical Extraction and Report Language.


http://ods.com.ua/win/eng/program/Perl5Unleashed/ch1.phtml#ABriefHistoryofPerl

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