Perl, aka Pathologically Eclectic Rubbish Lister, is an actively used programming language created in 1987. Perl is a family of high-level, general-purpose, interpreted, dynamic programming languages. The languages in this family include Perl 5 and Perl 6. Though Perl is not officially an acronym, there are various backronyms in use, including "Practical Extraction and Reporting Language". Read more on Wikipedia...

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Example code from the Hello World Collection:

# Hello world in perl

print "Hello World!\n";

Example code from Linguist:

print "Perl\n"

Example code from Wikipedia:

use strict;
use warnings;
use IO::Handle;

my ( $remaining, $total );

$remaining = $total = shift(@ARGV);


while ( $remaining ) {
    printf ( "Remaining %s/%s \r", $remaining--, $total );
    sleep 1;

print "\n";

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