In 1987, Larry wall started working on Perl and version 1.0 was released in December 1987 to the comp.sources.misc newsgroup. In 1988, Perl 2 was released that has a better regular expression engine and in 1989, Perl 3 was released that support binary data streams. The current stable version was released on 22 November, 2017 an is named as Perl 5.26.
What is Perl?
Perl is a general-purpose, high-level programming language that is interpreted and dynamic. This language was developed in order to make report processing easier. There are various other languages such as, C, shell script (sh), AWK, and sed, from which features are borrowed by this language. Perl 5 is popular as a CGI scripting language and is also used for system administration, network programming, finance, bioinformatics, and other applications, such as for GUIs.
Who uses Perl?
What it is used for?
- For system administration
- For network programming
- In finance
- In bioinformatics
- For GUI’s
- Procedural in nature
- Performs automatic data-typing and memory management
- Supports complex data structures, first-class functions and an object-oriented programming model
- Easy and simple
In USA, the average salary of a Perl developer is $81,280 per year.