Salon Magazine: The joy of Perl

How Larry Wall invented a messy programming language — and
changed the face of the web.

Larry Wall smiles when he recalls the message that Yahoo
co-founder David Filo sent him several years ago, shortly before
Yahoo was to go public. Yahoo, wrote Filo, could never have been
started without Perl, the all-purpose programming language Wall
invented. So would Larry like to buy some cheap, pre-IPO stock?


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