What is Perl?

Perl is a general-purpose, high-level programming language that has been in widespread use since the mid-1990s.

As a high-level programming language, Perl is closer to human language and more abstracted from the computer's hardware. It's a computer language that's designed to be easier for humans to read, write, and understand.

Perl is suitable for writing both simple scripts as well as complex applications.

Some notable websites that currently use (or have previously used) Perl include:

  • Perl was used to build the original version of the website, and it remains an important part of the technology stack.
  • Ticketmaster: The company uses Perl to power its ticketing and event management systems.
  • IMDb (Internet Movie Database): The popular movie and TV show database was originally built using Perl.
  • Slashdot: One of the first and most popular technology news websites, was written in Perl.
  • the official website of the Comprehensive Perl Archive Network (CPAN), which is a repository of Perl modules and scripts.
  • LiveJournal: A popular blogging platform that was written in Perl.
  • MIDAS: Our leading room booking and resource scheduling software in written in Perl.

Should you wish to download, install, and run a self hosted edition of MIDAS, you'll need a server with a Perl environment available.

A couple of options are available for installing Perl in a Windows server environment. These include ActivePerl and Strawberry Perl.

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