Rich Dawe's Perl Page
Other than C, Perl is the language that I have programmed the most in of
late (the language I've programmed in most is BASIC (gulp)). It bears a
close resemblance to C, which is handy if you've programmed in C. However,
it has many features that make it so much easier than C to write programs
to manipulate text files. It has amazingly powerful search-and-replace
functions built-in. This makes it popular for use in CGI programs and for
manipulating HTML files (the reason I learnt it).
The reason I like it is that it is really easy to prototype & write
applications in it, since it is semi-compiled, meaning that your programs can
be tested faster than using C. Perl semi-compiles code in the sense that it
compiles it into a form that it can run faster than it could if it
interpreted it, but no final executable is produced. Perl then executes the
Perl is, to my knowledge, available on Unix and NT. The NT versions doesn't
support some Perl functions, and is a bit dodgy when running on Windows 95.
Some would say Windows 95 is a bit dodgy, but that doesn't help really. I've
used Perl on both Unix and Windows 95, and it seems to produce fast code -
not as fast as C, but programs can be written so much faster.
You might also like to take a look at the software
I've written in Perl.
The Perl Language Home Page
The Perl FAQ
The Perl Institute
ActiveState - Perl for Win32
Comprehensive Perl Archive
Network (CPAN) at Sunsite UK
Programming Language Page
Windows 32 (NT & '95)
Perl for Win32 FAQ
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