Perl /perl/ /n./ [Practical Extraction and Report Language,
a.k.a. Pathologically Eclectic Rubbish Lister] An interpreted
language developed by Larry Wall (<email@example.com>, 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, increasingly consider it one of
the languages of choice. Perl has been described, in a parody
of a famous remark about `lex(1)', as the "Swiss-Army
chainsaw" of Unix programming. See also Camel Book.
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