Introduction to the PERL Language

PERL is an acronym for Practical Extraction and Report Language. This scripting language was initially developed by Larry Wall with the intent to extend the potentiality of the awk and sed program for text manipulation and for Unix system administration tool. It takes the best features of many other languages, such as C, sed, and awk. In addition, Perl supports both procedural and object-oriented programming. Perl is the most popular web programming language due to its capability with text manipulation and rapid development cycle. The same capabilities began a precious support to bioinformatician to data mining the rapid accumulation of a large amount of genetic information from the molecular biology research. Continue reading