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1. What is the Perl language?

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Perl language is an object-oriented, high-level, dynamic language that was developed in the year 1987. 

The language doesn’t have an acronym or we can say that Perl doesn’t have any full form but mostly it stands for “Practical Extraction and Reporting Language”. 

It is actually similar to the C language and also took fascinating features from other programming languages like C, shell script, AWK, sed, and LISP.

The language also promotes both object-oriented programming and procedural language. The chief objective of developing the language is for text processing. Later it is also used in several programs such as System Administration, Network Programming, Finance, Web Development, GUI Development.

Perl official website:- https://www.perl.org/

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Interesting Facts

  1. Perl language is also remembered as “Camel Book” because of its cover. It’s a book which is published by O’Reilly which is about writing programs by using Perl language.
  2. Perl was initially named the “Pearl”. Wall needed to give a precise name with positive connotations. Later he also thought of naming it after his wife Gloria.

Advantages of Perl Language(I)

  • Simial to C Language: Perl language is pretty similar to C language and also took interesting features from other programming languages like C, shell script, AWK, sed, and LISP. Hence it is very easy to learn who has a knowledge of C, C++ language.
  • Supports both OOP and Procedural programming: It supports both object-oriented programming such as Inheritance( all types of Inheritance), Polymorphism, encapsulation. and procedural programmings such as variables, expressions, assignment statements, brace-delimited blocks, control structures, and subroutines.
  • Interpreted language: It is an Interpreted language. It implies that the Perl code can run externally at a compilation stage. firstly Perl code turns into byte code and then it is converted into machine instructions.
  • Supports for cross-platform: Perl Provides supports for cross platform and it is compatible with mark-up languages like HTML, XML etc.
  • Text Processing: The chief objective of developing the language is for text processing. But later it is also used in several programs. Such as System Administration, Network Programming, Finance, Web Development, GUI Development.
  • Comprehensive Perl Archive Network (CPAN): The language is easily extensible because it supports more than 25000 open-source modules which are located in an archive called Comprehensive Perl Archive Network (CPAN). The main objective of CPAN is to improve programmers by providing modules and programs that are not introduced in the language. And also Most of the free of cost.

Advantages(II)

  • Widely used in Web Development: Perl language is widely used in Web Development. The reason is Perl is one of the best languages that handle text processing easily and also provides you amazing frameworks. Frameworks such as Catalyst which is an MVC web framework that helps to create designs rapidly.
  • Platform-independent language: Perl language is a platform-independent language that indicates that we can use the language on any platform easily such as Linux/ Unix, Windows, macOS.
  • Plenty of Learning Resources – There are many resources for how you can learn the language such as books and online tutorials. This is great because it’s important that everyone has access to a program like this one without having to pay any money upfront!
  • Promotes third-party databases: Perl’s database interface promotes third-party databases such as Oracle, Sybase, Postgres, MySQL, and many more.

Disadvantages of Perl Language

  1. Programs runs slowly and program needs to be interpreted each time when any changes are made.
  2. Perl is not a language that’s designed to be used by someone who doesn’t have much experience with programming.
  3. In Perl, the same result can be achieved in several different ways which make the code untidy as well as unreadable.
  4. Usability factor is lower when compared to other languages.
  5.  If you’re not a professional programmer, then it can be hard to find and fix the bugs in your code.

FAQ

  1. Applications of Perl programming language?

Ans:- The chief objective of developing the language is for text processing but later it is also used in several programs such as System Administration, Network Programming, Finance, Web Development, GUI Development. It is also used in CGI( Common Gateway Interface) scripts.

Conclusion

In case if you are planning to learn Perl language then you should know its advantages and disadvantages to know whether it’s a good option or not.

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