Perl is an excellent programming language that is widely used for creating CGI scripts along with different web-based applications. Among its main pros is that it supports modules – ready-made batches of code that are employed to perform numerous tasks and to enhance the performance of a certain script without slowing it with unneeded lines of code. This means that, if five jobs have to be performed, you are able to employ five lines of program code in order to call each of the modules instead of adding a few hundred lines used to generate the actual modules in your script. Perl is very useful and it can be used for multiple purposes, that’s why a number of corporations have integrated it in their web products or on their high-traffic sites – cPanel, IMDB, Craigslist, BugZilla, BBC and many more. It is generally used in addition to other programming languages such as PHP or Python.
“Perl” is a family of languages, “Perl 6” is part of the family, but it is a separate language which has its own development team. Its existence has no significant impact on the continuing development of “Perl 5”.
What is Perl? Features and History.
Official website: Perl.org