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In computer programming, Perl is a high-level, general-purpose, interpreted, dynamic programming language. Perl was originally developed by Larry Wall, a linguist working as a systems administrator fo... More

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Swiss Army Knife Of Scripting Languages

There have been several new scripting/web languages introduced in the last several years. While Ruby, Python, and to some extent PHP 5 get all the headlines as of late due to the Web 2.0 trend, Perl still stands strong as a multi-purpose scripting language suitable for web, text parsing, or even simple one-off scripts. Used extensively in enterprises, it has a huge following and a large community of users.

While the newer languages steal the spotlight, it will be quite some time until any of them have an army of supporters like Perl has.

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Is Perl 6 Imminent, and Does Anybody Care?

Not long ago, Jeff Hobbs, Director of Engineering at ActiveState, penned an interesting essay for us here at OStatic, titled. "Why Perl Isn't Going Away Soon (Or Ever)." Perl, of course, has had less buzz surrounding it than many other development languages for years, but we shouldn't forget Perl's illustrious past. Numerous early e-commerce platforms, including eBay, were scripted in Perl first, as were countless open source projects and proprietary software applications. Now, after years of waiting, there are some signs that Perl 6 may be imminent, and may breathe new life into an old language.

DuckDuckGo: A New Search Engine Built from Open Source

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DuckDuckGo is a new search engine focused on relevant results and respecting user privacy. Actually a mash-up of several other sites like Wikipedia, About, Bing, and Yahoo, DuckDuckGo also uses it's own web crawler: the DuckDuckBot. DuckDuckGo uses what it calls Zero-click search results to try to guess what you are looking for and give it to you directly in your search results. I've been using DuckDuckGo for a few weeks now, and I'm impressed. What further impresses me is that the entire site is built on open source tools, ranging from FreeBSD for the operating system to good old-fashioned Perl for the logic.

Guest Post: Why Perl isn't Going Away Soon (Or Ever)

Lately, the Perl language has had less buzz surrounding it than many other languages and development environments, but Perl is still a key component on the Internet. For this guest post, we asked Jeff Hobbs, Director of Engineering at ActiveState, to weigh in on the topic.

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