a high-level programming language written by Larry Wall (and thousands of others), has as its
ancestors C, sed, awk, the Unix shell. It incorporates the best features of its forbearers
to create a language used widely on projects in both the public and private sector.
Perl is disjunctively licensed under a choice of the GNU General Public License version 1, or (at your option) any later version, or the Artistic License version 1.0. See http://dev.perl.org/licenses/ for more license information.
Perl's process, file, and text manipulation facilities make
it particularly well-suited for tasks involving the following:
System management tasks.
The strength of these capabilities make it especially popular with system administrators
and CGI script authors, but developers in disciplines as varied as genetics
and journalism find Perl useful.