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Perl is an interpreted computer language that has a long history of being a resource for UNIX systems administrators and early web applications developers.  With its built-in regular expression features, Perl's strength has always been the manipulation of text and its easy integration with other applications.  During the infancy of the World Wide Web in the early 1990s, Perl was used to write the vast majority of web applications by way of the Common Gateway Interface (CGI), which allowed for applications to be run instead of simply transferring a static web page. Because CGI is very inefficient for extensive use, it is now common to have a Perl module (such as Apache's mod_perl) integrated into one's web server when running Perl applications.

last updated 2007.09.23

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