Do you know that Perl was originally termed as ‘Pearl’? But Wall wanted to change it into something short. He considered every third and fourth letter word in the dictionary. Later it settled to Perl. Perl 5 and Perl 6 were the most famous ones. Both followed a separate style and became independent later. When speaking about the symbol used to represent Perl, there were 3 different symbols that used to indicate the language.
Today Perl is used for a wide range of tasks which includes network programming, GUI development, system administration, web development and lots more. It is a stable, cross-platform programming language. The expansion of Perl is Practical Extraction and Report Language. Perl is mainly used in the critical projects in both the public and the private sector.
Perl is a dual licensed language; it posses both Artistic License and the GNU General Public License. The distribution of Perl is available for almost all types of operating system. But it particularly performs well in UNIX and Unix-like systems. It can be compiled from source code on all POSIX compliant. The Comprehensive Perl Archive Network has the complete list of platforms supported. CPAN is also a public source but it doesn’t possess the part of the core Perl distribution.