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Section C.1. A Perl/CGI Overview

C.1. A Perl/CGI Overview

The acronym stands for Practical Extraction and Report Language. It was originally designed for text and file manipulation, but also does well for managing system tasks and creating dynamic content for the Web. Perl has its roots in programming languages, such as C, sed, awk, and sh.

C.1.1. What's So Good About Perl?

Perl is popular for a number of reasons. As far as languages go, Perl is pretty easy to learn. It is extremely powerful. It is used in just about every kind of programming scenario imaginable. Here are some of the many ways Perl is used:


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