Practical Extraction and Report Language

What Does Practical Extraction and Report Language Mean?

Practical Extraction and Report Language (Perl) is a scripting language. Perl applications are known as Perl scripts, which tend to be much more compact than scripts written in other languages. A common use for Perl is to extract text file information and generate a report or other output format.

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Techopedia Explains Practical Extraction and Report Language

Perl is an interpretive rather than compiled language, e.g., C. Although uncompiled programs require more CPU run time, short Perl programs and faster processors actually save time. Perl is used in many areas of Web application development.

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