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Perl is an interpreted language optimized for scanning arbitrary text files, extracting information from those text files, and printing reports based on that information. It's also a good language for many system management tasks. The language is intended to be practical (easy to use, efficient, complete) rather than beautiful (tiny, elegant, minimal). It combines (in the author's opinion, anyway) some of the best features of C, sed, awk, and sh, so people familiar with those languages should have little difficulty with it. Perl has following extensions: Perl/Tk, NetCDFPerl, PerlDL.

Current Version:   5.6.0

License Type:   Artistic & GPL

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Source Code Availability:   Yes

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UNIX, VMS, OS/2, QNX, LynxOS, AmigaOS, and Plan 9.

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