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a high-level scripting language, originally created to help automate text processing, now used more broadly.

Origin of Perl

coined in 1987 by Perl's creator, Larry Wall, U.S. computer programmer (born 1954) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for perl



a computer language that is used for text manipulation, esp on the Internet

Word Origin for Perl

C20: from p (ractical) e (xtraction and) r (eport) l (anguage)

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