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Perl, the glue that holds the Internet together, turns 30

Accepted submission by canopic jug at 2017-10-11 17:51:16 from the "There’s more than one way to do it, but sometimes consistency is not a bad thing either" dept.

Ruth Holloway at Red Hat's marketing site,, has a retrospective on three decades of perl covering some history and a few of the top user groups. The powerful and flexible scripting language perl turns 30 at the end of this year []. It is a practical extraction and reporting language widely used even today and has a dedicated community. It's ease of use and power made it the go-to tool through the boom of the 90's and 00's when the WWW was growing exponentially. However, its flexible syntax, while often an advantage, also functions as a sort of Rorschach test. One that some programmers fail. Perhaps two of its main strengths are pattern matching and CPAN. The many, mature perl modules available from CPAN make it a first choice for many when needed to draft something quickly or deal with a quick task.

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