"Was there a particular problem you were trying to solve?
"You can tell the other problem by the reaction Perl got from
the die hards in the Unix community. They said tools should do one
thing and do them well. But they didn't understand Perl was not
envisioned as a tool so much as a machine shop for writing
"How did the name Perl come about?
"I came up with the name as I wanted something with positive
connotations. The name originally had an "a" in it. There was
another lab stats language called Pearl, so I added another
backronym. The second one is Pathologically Eclectic Rubbish
"Do you ever find yourself using the “backronym”
Practical Extraction and Report Language at all?
"It is meant to indicate that there is more than way to do it,
so we have multiple backronyms intentionally."