Definition of Perl in English:


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Pronunciation: /pəːl


[mass noun] Computing
  • A high-level general-purpose programming language used especially for developing Web applications.
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    • Programmers already competent in Perl and C will get the most from this book.
    • Overall, this book covers graphics programming in Perl in a logically ordered and balanced manner.
    • The code is relatively simple yet will look odd to even the most experienced Perl programmers.


1980s: respelling of pearl1, arbitrarily chosen for its positive connotations.

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