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IBM developerWorks: Running away with the plot -- The story of Perl

Jan 02, 2000, 12:23 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Maya Stodte)

"Larry Wall has compared the relationship between C and Perl to that between a diamond and a pearl. The chemical structure of a diamond is symmetrical; simple and beautiful, it integrates only the most essential and necessary elements. "Pearls are much more interesting," Wall noted. "They're produced by living oysters, after all," and they integrate a myriad of elements into their organic structure. Much of Perl's history, as well as its still-growing popularity in the programming community, is owed to the emergence and continued growth of the Perl Culture, which, in turn, is rooted in the idiosyncrasies of the language's creator, Larry Wall. This is the story of one of the world's most popular scripting languages, and the man behind it."

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